Vitor Machado Lira
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Hometown: City, Country - Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Major: - Philosophy & Religious Studies
Minor: - Global Studies, Soccer Coaching*
Why did you choose Marist College?
I decided to attend after a visit that proved to me that not only the campus was beautiful but the people here were kind, extremely professional and knowledgeable and would provide me great support and an outstanding educational experience.
What was your favorite class? Why?
My favorite class so far was a Special Topics class named Nature, Evil and Society with Dr. James Snyder and Dr. Janine Peterson. Both teachers lectured together making the class a mixture of medieval history and history of philosophy. They are fantastic professors that I recommend to anyone that asks me about history or philosophy. I am currently taking another course with Professor Snyder and if my schedule allows I would love to learn under Dr. Peterson once more, best teachers I have ever had.
What is the best part of living on campus?
Living on campus helps students interact and get to know what it is like to live on their own. I must say that campus/dorm life was nothing new to me. Before coming to Marist I went to Cushing Academy, a boarding school in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where I attended during my Junior and Senior years of high school. I spent the previous years studying in my hometown in Brazil.
Where is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is a little spot between the Dyson Center and the Foy Townhouses. Whenever I need somewhere to go and think things through, instead of sitting in my room, I go outside and sit on the benches between the tall trees at this little spot to take a breath of fresh air. It is a great place to find peace within myself and go through whatever challenges come my way, it works every time.
How do you connect with friends and family at home while at Marist?
I usually call home a couple times a week and Skype to keep in touch
What kind(s) of extracurricular activities are you involved in?
Besides academics I am involved in the Marist Ambassadors program which introduces visiting high school students to our community so they have a little taste of what it is like to attend here. I am also part of the International Club and Campus Ministry. When the weather is decent I also play intramural soccer, but I am constantly at the McCann Center, where the Marist Gym is located, to keep myself in shape and ready for a nice game of soccer here and there.
Tell us about a “cultural” moment you had at Marist (culture shock, funny story, etc.).
When I come back from Brazil every long break such as Christmas break or the Summer break, I sometimes find my English to be a bit rusty and it takes me a couple days to get my brain back on "English mode". I tend to mix in a couple of Portuguese phrases into dialogs during these periods which has made a couple people think I was either crazy or making fun of them, nothing dramatic occurred but I did raise a couple eyebrows.
What do you do for fun outside of Marist?
Since New York City is only about an hour away by train I get to go every now and then for a play or a hockey game at Madison Square Garden with my girlfriend or my buddies, I always have a good time with the company I have around here.