I chose Siena because I loved the small class sizes and community atmosphere. When we were walking around campus, people were saying hello to us, even though we were strangers. It was a really friendly atmosphere and I was excited to be a part of it!
I chose to major in Creative Arts because it forced me to think differently. In Creative Arts classes, things are rarely straight forward and you are challenged to think beyond the first idea that pops into your head. I found this challenge fascinating and saw an opportunity to grow while doing something I enjoy.
My most meaningful experience has been working as a Dake Fellow through the Office of Academic Community Engagement. For me, it was really important to understand how the arts can have a positive impact and not just be self serving, as society tends to teach us. My research through this program has both connected me with a local arts-based non-profit, Albany Barn, and allowed me to see how art is used to make a difference through a strategy called Creative Placemaking.
My favorite class has been Basics of Singing with Dr. Timothy Reno. I took the class during my first semester and had intense stage fright going in. Through that class, I not only learned about myself as a performer, but also when it is good to push myself out of my comfort zone versus when I need to give myself more time. That class helped my
confidence enormously, even for presentations in other classes. I’m in Chamber Singers for the third year now and its one of the best parts of my day, but I would never have auditioned if it weren’t for Basics of Singing.
Class of 2016
Creative Arts Major