Tim McGrath

Tim McGrath is from Newtown, CT. He is a member of the Class of 2017 with a major in Communication and a concentration in Journalism. He also has minors in Political Science and Music.

What is your major/minor and how did you decide on that field?
I’m a communications major with a concentration in journalism, and I have two minors in political science and music. One of the reasons I came to Marist was because they had the music minor without having to do the full major program. I wanted to keep doing music after high school. And I also knew we had a strong communication program so I wanted to get involved in that. In the future, I think it would be really interesting to be a political reporter. I wanted to get background in a field that wasn’t just journalism.

Did you participate in any noteworthy extracurriculars or classes during your time at Marist?
I’ve been in the band all four years. It definitely takes up a lot of time – about 500 hours a year and this year was probably more with the inaugural parade. I thought that was an awesome experience. People that didn’t know us or the band were giving us a hard time about it but just the experience, to be able to go down there and say that we were one of the best, especially out of everyone that applied, was pretty cool.

What was your favorite Marist experience?
I went abroad for a semester in London and that was probably my favorite experience. It was amazing. I’m trying to go back this summer since I have a bunch of friends that live there. My program put us in dorms with regular students that went to that school, so I lived with one other American and five others from across the world for 4 months.

What did you do for fun/in your free time at Marist?
Band took up most of my free time, but it was cool to hop right into an organization that basically gave you 100 friends and let you move in early and everything. I play saxophone, tuba, and a little bit of piano.

Do you have any advice for incoming students?
I would just say to take some time to find close friends. Your best friends don’t have to come from your freshman year hallway. And if they do that’s great! But there’s so much opportunity here to find people with similar interests, so make sure to join groups and extracurriculars and all that so that you meet as many people as possible.

Written by Shannon Donohue '17



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Profile Type: Alumni
Major: Journalism
Academic School: Communication and the Arts
Campus: New York