La’Nae Charles (Class of 2016)

Major: Arts Administration

Minor: History & Art History

I chose Marywood because I wanted to gain new experiences. I grew up on St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, which is a very small island in the Caribbean. I wanted to meet new people and learn new things, not only in the classroom but also about the world around me. Another reason I chose Marywood is for its small classroom settings. I enjoy being able to have a closer connection with my professors and at Marywood I have that opportunity.

I am majoring in Art because I truly have a passion for Art. As a freshman my major was Pre-law and History. I do still have a love for history, it is my minor, however I quickly found that pre-law was not for me. After taking an art history and a studio art course I new that the art department was the place for me.

When I’m not in class, I’m reading and conducting some type of research, personal or otherwise, in the Learning Commons. Usually I’m in the Diversity Efforts office working on a variety of projects. When I’m not in the office I can probably be found in the dance studio, creating new routines for upcoming Step Team performances. On warmer days I like to stroll around campus and sometimes downtown Scranton just to take in the sights.

My favorite art class was art history. I’ve enjoyed each art history course that I’ve taken at Marywood. My absolute favorite would be “Women in Art History.” I considered making art history my minor for a while and after taking that course I knew that I had too.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was work with Bob Schweitzer and the Maslow Collection here on campus. Working closely with a contemporary collection is something I didn’t see happening until I got out into the real world. The fact that it happened while I was still an undergraduate student was mind blowing. I was able to learn so many things that I know will help me to further my career.

When I graduate my plan is to further my education by pursuing a masters degree in Art History. While doing that I’d like to work in a museum or gallery, putting together breathtaking exhibitions. My ultimate goal is to open my own history/art gallery at home in the US virgin Islands.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because I feel at home here. In the art program you’re surrounded by professors and peers who want to see you make it. It’s a small yet encouraging atmosphere. I think anyone would enjoy their time spent in the Art program at Marywood.

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