Gabi Romero (Class of 2018)

Blogger Role: Art History

Major: Art Therapy

Minor: Art History

I chose Marywood mainly because it had an Art Therapy undergraduate program, which most universities do not. A few of my friends from home had cousins/relatives that went to Marywood and all raved about it. Once I visited the campus I knew it would be the right fit for me – small, friendly, and gorgeous on warm, sunny days!

I am majoring in Art, specifically Art Therapy, because I believe wholeheartedly in its healing capabilities. Art has always been an escape for me – it calms me down and quiets my mind in a way unlike anything else. It has healed me in multiple ways, on multiple occasions, and I want to dedicate my life to aiding in the therapeutic artistic process for others in need.

When I’m not in class, I’m Traveling! As much as I love home, I have a longing to constantly be where I’m not. Whether I’m studying abroad in foreign countries, visiting different US cities, or acting like a tourist in my own state, I love seeing and experiencing new people and places. I think this is part of the reason I love art so much. I am pursuing a minor in Art History, and nothing gives me such a thrill as when I study a piece of artwork in class that I had the privilege to see in real life. Art is a universal language.

My favorite art class ever was History of Art I taught by Dr. Christa Irwin. Prior to this class I had never taken any type of art history course before. After the first class I knew I was in love. I decided to minor a few months after the course ended. The class taught me so much about paying attention to detail and putting myself in the artist’s shoes. I learned how to analyze art in an entirely new way, which I believe will benefit me greatly when analyzing patient’s artwork as an art therapist!

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was travel abroad to Ireland during Spring Break of my sophomore year! I have a pretty long bucket list and I was able to check off numerous items on my adventure – seeing the Cliffs of Moher was #1! I went with my Travel Writing class which I loved equally as much as the trip itself. Every student had to blog about traveling for the entire semester prior to our trip. Upon our return we wrote finished pieces about our journey for publications. I’m already contemplating what my next study abroad trip will be.

When I graduate, fingers crossed, I get accepted into NYU for grad school! It has been my dream to finish my education at NYU since I first declared my major in art therapy, way back in high school. My entire family lives in Brooklyn so I would love to get an apartment there. I would love to work either in Brooklyn or in the city while obtaining my Masters. It’s a wonderful place to be, full of so much opportunity.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it’s simply amazing. The professors are all incredible artists themselves and are always willing to help. The art department fosters so much creativity and positive energy! Fellow art students constantly learn from and compliment each others works. It is such a happy environment. Also, I can’t forget about the studios. I spend majority of my time in Insalaco – any art student’s dream land. Definitely my favorite building on campus!