Megan Gaglio- Honeoye Falls- NY
I transferred to Marist College from Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY. Although I enjoyed going to class at MCC I knew that it wasn’t for me in the slightest, primarily because of the location and lack of opportunity in fashion; my first love has always been fashion.
Marist stood out to me for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the location is ideal. I was't terribly far from my family and I was closer to the best city in the world, New York City. I’ve always known that this is somewhere I’d hope to live, so ideally Marist was already a perfect choice. But, what solidified my decision to transfer to Marist was ultimately the fashion and abroad programs. The Fashion Department at Marist has some of the most talented and knowledgeable people in the industry. Not only have most of the professors been featured in magazines and newspapers, but they still work with the fashion industry today. The professors have such diverse backgrounds, that no matter whom you talk to you come out of the conversation feeling more educated about any topic of interest. Fortunately, I was able to talk with the head of the Fashion Department about the fashion program prior to becoming a full-time student at Marist. Professor Cramer gave me a detailed breakdown regarding the areas of the industry I’d be learning about and insight on how students progress throughout the fashion program. He also showed me what some of his current students were working on, which literally gave me a look into my potential future.
Ultimately, that meeting, paired with a previous tour I’d taken of the campus, helped me decide Marist was the correct fit. Each and every person I had met taught me something new and exciting about the school, faculty, buildings, and programs which opened my mind to new and exciting thoughts of what it’d be like to become a part of the Marist community.
The second reason that weighed heavily in my decision was the study abroad program at Marist. I’ve always loved leaning about history and culture, so it only made sense that I wanted to be able to learn about all these things while studying at school. Marist offers its students the opportunity of a life time to study almost anywhere in the world. Each program gives students a unique experience. Currently, I am in London taking business and liberal arts courses. Marist does an excellent job of placing its abroad students in courses that will transfer to their major or minor requirements. I know that without the help of my family and the faculty at Marist, I wouldn’t be able to be here to tell the tale. Being immersed in a different culture has helped to shape my perspective and broaden my understanding of the world.
Overall Marist was the best pick for me and I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Joining clubs has helped me become more structured and kept me on top of my schedule. Along the way I have made some great friends within these clubs. Overall, joining clubs and just being myself has helped me feel welcomed as a student and part of the Marist community. Everyday, I am graced with the movie-like scenery of campus, am given the opportunity to succeed at something I love, and share the best moments of my life with the people who make me smile. I couldn’t ask for a better school.