Anna Heissenbuttel is a Business major with a minor in Fashion Merchandising from Salisbury, Connecticut. Anna transferred to Marist in 2014 from The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in the fall of her sophomore year. During her time at Marist, Anna has joined many clubs and organizations and participated in various IBM and Marketing competitions. She is currently a Student Assistant for the Transfer Admissions Department.
What were the deciding factors in leaving The Savannah College of Art and Design?
When I began my college career, my major was Fashion Merchandising, but I decided that I didn’t want to pursue that anymore and I realized the school just wasn’t a good match for me. Plus, being 16 hours away from home was really hard; missing little things like Easter with my family made me want to be closer to home.
Was your decision to change majors what brought you to Marist?
It was definitely a mixture of their fashion program, their business program, and the location being so close to home. When I came here, I loved how the professors really got involved in class and were always there; they made time for you, especially if you needed extra help. Also, SCAD is an urban campus scattered throughout the city of Savannah, so coming here and actually having a contained campus made it click that this was the right school for me.
Do you think you would have had the same success you’ve had at Marist if you stayed at SCAD?
No way. The main reason I transferred here was because I realized I wasn’t getting what I wanted out of my classes. Being an art school, it’s so different because you're required to take classes like drawing and painting and that's not where my strongest interests were. I also owe a lot of my success at Marist to the work I do in clubs and with Admissions. Getting involved and having this job has taught me responsibility and helped shape me into the person I am today.
What advice do you have for someone who is considering transferring to Marist?
It’s scary to actually transfer and it’s an awful feeling knowing that you’re unhappy where you are, but know that you can make it better. Follow your passions, stay true to what you want, and make sure you find it. Marist will definitely help you find it.
Written by Emily Belfiore '16
Profile Tags:Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Business Administration
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York