Student Profile:
Stephen Pendergast ’18

Why did you choose Siena College?

“I liked the feel I got from the campus and the people here are incredibly nice. Also, I liked the small school atmosphere and the involved campus lifestyle.”

Why English?

“I chose English because, primarily, I love to read. During my senior year of high school, I also found that I love writing. English is a unique major that holds versatile career opportunities. Lastly, I find that English allows me to explore other subjects of interest, notably psychology, philosophy, and ecology, due to the variety of courses offered here at Siena and simply the extent of books written about subjects of interest.

What has been your most meaningful experience at Siena?

“My most meaningful experience at Siena was becoming part of the Promethean (the school newspaper) and seeing some of my articles in print. It really cemented in me the desire to become a writer.”

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

“The best book I’ve read recently was either Ishmael by Daniel Quinn or The End of Faith by Sam Harris. Both were for my First Year Seminar class, ‘The Environment.’”

What are your plans for the future?

“Over the summer, I intend to return to work as a lifeguard for a local pool. In the future, though, I hope to intern at a local newspaper and, eventually, move on to become a novelist.”

Stephen Pendergast ’18

Stephen Pendergast

Class of 2018

English Major