Laura Mirabella (Class of 2023)

Blogger Role: Art Therapy

Major: Art Therapy

Minors: Art History, Psychology

Clubs: The Marywood Players, Delight Ministries

I chose Marywood because of the atmosphere. The staff and students were incredibly welcoming and the art department left a substantial impression on me. Marywood was originally my second choice, but after I went to an open house I knew that this was the place for me.

I am majoring in Art because it is very powerful and can help heal  and save individuals who are suffering. It is my passion in life and I am always striving to better myself. 

When I’m not in class, I’m doing everything and anything that I can! I could be found in my dorm drawing or practicing my violin, having coffee with friends, participating in the clubs I am a part of, at rehearsals or theater workshops, or studying.

So far, my favorite art class at Marywood was Drawing I, closely followed by Painting I. I loved these classes and I learned so much from my professors. 

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was the fall play my freshman year. We presented Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility as an entirely female cast. As our characters we moved around set pieces to create a new place or scene. I formed many new friendships and worked with the best director I have ever had. 

When I graduate I want to work with inmates in prison. I want to do this because art therapy has the ability to make an inmate feel like human beings rather than nameless, faceless, numbers. I know that art therapy can help these individuals with whatever trauma has occurred, either before prison or during, and art therapy can help them become the person they wish to be but believe they cannot be. I know that this will not be easy, but it will be worth it even if I can only help one person.  

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because  the teachers are very encouraging but also know when to push you. They have made me a better artist in the short time I have been here, and they are very approachable and want the best for every student.

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