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Matthew Schiesel ‘15- Alum Profile

Why did you choose Siena College?

After visiting three times, I really liked the welcoming atmosphere of Siena as well as how many opportunities there were to get involved, whether it was in academic pursuits or extra-curricular activities.

Why English?

I originally was an Undeclared Liberal Arts major for a year and a half, and I worked with my advisor to figure out what classes I liked, what aspects of classes I enjoyed, etc. Turns out I actually don’t mind writing essays!

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

My study abroad semester in Glasgow, Scotland was truly unbelievable. I was able to meet a lot of great friends and travel nearly every weekend, plus my classes were about Scottish literature so I was able to really go in-depth into the culture of where I was staying.

What's the best book you've recently read?

I really enjoyed reading “The Light Between Oceans” for Dr. Fitzgerald-Hoyt’s, Honors: Family in Literature class.

What are your plans for the future?

I was recently awarded a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistant) Scholarship to Poland, where I will teach at a university for nine months while acting as an ambassador for the United States. It’s a great opportunity and I cannot wait to share my experiences at Siena with my students in Poland.

Matthew Schiesel ‘15- Alum Profile

Matthew Schiesel

Class of 2015

English Major

Guilderland, N.Y.