How did you decide on your major?
I initially came here to study business and fashion. In the first fashion class, we read a book (Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline) about the adverse impacts the fashion industry has on the environment. I decided I didn’t want to be part of the problem, so I switched my minor so I could learn more about environmentalism. I chose to concentrate my major in marketing as a result of my experience with the Tarver Summer Internship Program where I ran the social media accounts for the local nonprofit, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater.
What was your favorite part of the Marist experience?
I’ve come to appreciate all the opportunities being a student at Marist has afforded me. Being a civically engaged person in the City of Poughkeepsie has shaped me to be more understanding and open-minded. I attribute this to the two summers I spent here, one as an intern, and one as a volunteer with Dutchess Outreach's Mobile Market. Marist’s Career Fair led me directly to an internship opportunity this spring that should end in a job offer upon my graduation. Also, studying abroad with other Marist students in Florence was an experience I will treasure forever. I was able to be involved in a language exchange to hone in on my Italian skills as well as experience dozens of foreign cities.
Did you participate in any memorable extracurriculars?
There are so many ways to get involved at Marist, but the one I believe was most impactful was the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee (CSAC). We put together Sustainability Week and spearheaded the effort to install over a dozen water filtration stations around campus. We even got the Executive Director of the Sierra Club to be a guest speaker. I was also involved in a sub-committee that formed out of CSAC, called Marist Fair Trade, that is on track to make Marist a designated fair trade institution by the end of this semester.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I have fallen totally in love with Poughkeepsie, so whatever happens, I intend to stay nearby. I hope to stay at the marketing firm I am currently interning at, Interact Marketing, which is about 40 minutes away from campus in New Windsor.
What advice can you give to high school students considering Marist?
Get involved as soon as you come to campus. There are so many opportunities on and off campus to take advantage of. If you have an interest, you’ll probably find your niche after a bit of searching. The changes I’ve seen at Marist over the last four years make me wish I could attend for the another four!
Written by Shannon Donohue '17
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Class of 2017
Academic School: Management
Campus: New York