Sarah TierneySarah Tierney

Home Town: Rome, New York
Major/Minor: Psychology Major in the Accelerated Masters Program

Clubs/Activities: Here at Marist, I am involved in the Ambassador Program, Publicity Team, and the National Resident Hall Honorary. I am President of the Ambassador Program, which is an exclusive group of student liaisons that represent Marist College and help share their personal experiences and college search with prospective high school students. I have been a part of this program since I was a freshman, and feel that this was a great way to develop and enhance interpersonal and professional skills for the real world.

How did you choose Marist: I had never heard of Marist until my senior year of high school. I looked at six colleges in upstate New York, and Marist was my last stop. To be completely honest, it was the only college that I could see myself spending the next four years of my life. My mom suggested that we visit Marist, and I was a little hesitant at first. When I asked her where it was, she answered, "Poughkeepsie," and because of that I agreed to drive down here. I know it sounds silly, but one of my favorite bands mentions Poughkeepsie in a song, and I felt like I had to see it for myself. When I got on campus, it was a beautiful autumn day, and everything about Marist just felt right. Aside from the amazing view of the river, all of the students and faculty seemed really nice-they even held doors open!

What do you like best about Marist: The thing I like best about Marist is the size of the campus. I feel like I meet new people every day! At the same time, it's small enough that you can stay in touch with your friends and not have to worry about being on opposite sides of campus. At most, my friends are only a 15 minute walk away!

What was your favorite class: My favorite class at Marist was Creative Writing with Doug Anderson. This class period always seemed to go by so fast, and we were given the opportunity to try different writing styles and techniques. At the beginning of each class, Professor Anderson would bring in props, ask us to write about them and then share it with our classmates. The props were always obscure, and it was hilarious to hear what kind of stories we all made up. We even had class outside on sunny days!

Where did you intern: I interned at the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, New York. As a psychology major, I was responsible for doing recreational therapy with severely traumatized and sexually-abused children aged 7-13. I had a lot of fun doing activities such as jewelry-making and "yoga dogs," and feel like my experience helped me get a taste for the real world.

Best part of living on campus: The best part of living on campus is that I get to see my friends first thing in the morning, and right before I go to bed. That's kind of a big deal to me since I am an only child. Over the years, we've become our own little Marist family and I can't imagine what I'm going to do without them when I graduate.

Marist on the weekends: There's always something to do at Marist on the weekends. When the weather is nice, I like to go down to the riverfront and get some sun. Even if I have work to do, the campus is wireless so I can just bring my lap top outside! During the winter months, my friends and I usually build a snowman on the green and take road trips to different mountains to snowboard. I feel like there's always something going on in the cabaret or theater, and plenty of other activities just a short drive away from campus. Also, Marist offers bus trips to the mall, Stop ‘n Shop, Broadway shows and mountains to ski/snowboard!