Kelly Ciabattone (Class of 2018)

Major: Graphic Design

Minor: Business

I chose Marywood because it was the perfect fit. I was able to pursue a Graphic Design major and play lacrosse at the same time. Not to mention, the dorms and buildings are all so nice. I love the close-knit community and how the faculty knows you personally to help you succeed.

I am majoring in Art because I have always had a creative mindset. I love the thought of going to work everyday and it not feeling like a chore. I also love that everyone comes up with something completely different. Art never gets boring and it gives me a way to express myself through different mediums.

When I’m not in class, I’m either on the lacrosse field, at the gym, hanging with friends, or participating in community service projects with Zeta Phi Delta. I always accomplish more when I have a lot on my plate, so I enjoy involving myself in extracurricular activities.

My favorite class so far was Graphic Design. I know it might sound cliché, since Graphic Design is my major, but I really enjoyed making different designs and projects. I also like how we have critiques and get plenty of feedback on our projects. Learning new techniques and skills with the Adobe programs always interests me.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far was take advantage of the New York City bus trip my Freshman year. I got to visit a bunch of galleries and walk around the city for the day. It really opened up my eyes to different kinds of art, and how creative some artists could be. It inspired me to think more out of the box in my own pieces.

When I graduate I would love to work in New York City. I think it would be a great opportunity for me and I would love having everything I could think of all within walking distance. My ideal job would be to work for a magazine or at a big company designing logos.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because I actually enjoy going to class everyday and receiving feedback from my peers. The faculty in the Art department care about you and are always doing whatever they can to improve you and your skills. The class sizes are so small that you feel comfortable enough to ask any questions at any time, and you always receive one-on-one attention.

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