I chose Siena College as a junior in high school. I am a bit of an anomaly when it came to choosing colleges. My mother put Siena on the ‘visit’ list for memory’s sake since my grandfather and aunt both attended Siena. However, even without that attachment I probably would have ended up at Siena. When I visited the first time I was hooked. I loved the campus.
I did not start off as a political science major. I came in as a creative arts and history major hoping to go the education tract. However, within a few weeks of starting I had already started to switch it up. It took me about a year to settle on political science. It came from my new found obsession on keeping up with U.S. and International Politics, which all stemmed from subscribing for NYtimes for a Freshman philosophy class.
I honestly think that every single experience I have had has shaped me as an individual, so I do not think that I could narrow it down to one‘most meaningful’ experience. However, one notable experience I have had through Siena was studying abroad. I was able to spend three and a half months studying in Morocco and traveling around Europe. Being able to contrast vastly different cultures was really interesting. I traveled alone a lot, so it was liberating to navigate different countries with languages I did not speak. I also gained a greater understanding of the human experience that we all share. I feel like my time abroad highlighted more what was similar between us all than what is different.
Dr. Naranch’s Political Theory. I absolutely loved this course. I think that the way Dr. Naranch conducts her courses is really engaging and she selects relevant, interesting material to read. I loved it, but I honestly have enjoyed most of the courses I have taken so far.
I am currently doing social media for some websites while taking two summer courses. This is my first summer home since I started at Siena, so I am taking a bit of a break before I have to graduate. In the future, I have a couple of potential plans, but nothing is concrete yet. I plan to build upon the internships and experiences I have built while at Siena.
Class of 2016
Political Science Major