"I looked at so many other schools, but for some reason always kept coming back to Bucknell. Eventually I did an overnight here and I had a wonderful time. I was walking across the Quad with a drink from Seventh Street in my hand while the sun was setting, and I got that feeling; I needed to be here. It was where I belonged."

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Why Bucknell?

"Blue and Orange flows through my veins. Both of my parents went to Bucknell, my brother and my aunt went to Bucknell. I've always loved it and thought of it as mine because I'd been here so many times for reunions and homecomings even before I started my college search in high school.

"I already knew about all of the great opportunities that Bucknell had to offer and what a wonderful education I could receive. Not only did my parents always talk about Bucknell, but also everyone else who knew the Bucknell name."

"Bucknell actually wasn't in the forefront when I did my college searching, just because I already felt so comfortable here. I looked at so many other schools, but for some reason always kept coming back to Bucknell. Eventually I did an overnight here and I had a wonderful time. I was walking across the Quad with a drink from Seventh Street in my hand while the sun was setting, and I got that feeling; I needed to be here. It was where I belonged." 

About my major

"I'm a double major in art history and Spanish and what excites me about those majors is the endless possibility of communicating with other people. I love languages and think it is incredibly important, and really neat, to be able to speak to people in multiple languages. With art, it's being able to appreciate things in life through a different lens. You learn the culture and history of countries through the works that their artists have produced. I'm grounded in culture, and I love connecting and communicating with people through a connection with art and languages.

"When I graduate, I plan to travel around for the first few months. Going abroad last spring made me want to travel even more. I'm a big sailor, so I would love to learn how to crew and see the world by sailing.

"Then, ultimately, I would like to find a job and work in Spain. That is my goal. My ideal job would be a position in a business firm that has to do with some aspect of the art industry — an art auction house, a gallery or a company where I deal with marketing or advertising, something that involves that creative component where I can use my Spanish language skills." 

My activities

"Singing is a huge part of my life. It's one of my biggest passions and it's great that I am able to be involved in two different groups that allow me to express myself in two very different ways.

This is my third year in the Rooke Chapel Choir, and I have a solo this year in the Christmas Candlelight Service. I'm really excited. Dr. Payne is the most wonderful director, and it was actually because of him — his outward passion for music and dedication to the choir — that inspired me to embrace music the way I do now. Both the music we produce, and the connection that I feel to the music when we sing under his direction, are incredible. I'm in Chapel Choir because I love to sing, and because of Dr. Payne.

"Since day one at Bucknell, I've been in Two Past Midnight, the oldest co-ed a cappella group on campus. It's awesome. Each of the four groups at Bucknell has its own unique personality. What I love about Two Past is that we're a group of very different people. Each member has different academic and musical interests. But what brings us together is our love of singing. We have so much fun making music together, and it's been a great place to make close friends.

"I studied in Spain as part of the Bucknell en España program. It was unbelievable. It opened my eyes to so many new things. Studying in a foreign country broadens your perspectives on how you view your own country in relation to others, giving you the chance to adapt to a new culture and learn about yourself and how you relate to other people. I've been thinking about how to describe my experience in one sentence, and there's no one way I can say how much it meant to me because it is a combination of so many different experiences and feelings.

"I'm also an ESL tutor — English as a second language — and I go over to Shikellamy High School every Friday to help Hispanic students improve their English communication skills. This experience has opened my eyes to new things I didn't even know existed in our own country. My heart goes out to these kids. One student is in the ninth grade and has a first-grade reading level. These students hardly know English and yet they're put in a classroom listening to teachers they don't understand, and then expected to do homework, do well on tests and interact with the native English speaking students.

"I love going there every week because when you explain something and you see the light go on in their eyes, that they finally understand, it is extremely rewarding."

Posted Jan. 5, 2011

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