Samantha Faul (Class of 2015)

Major: Art Therapy

Minor: Painting

I chose Marywood because I needed a program that offered art therapy. I looked at five different schools in the north east and I liked Marywood because everyone we came into contact with was very kind and the art space was very large.

I am majoring in Art because… I am an Art major yes, but I consider myself half of a psychology major too. I needed art when I was in high school to get through it and I still need it to manage stress. Even art history courses are fulfilling because sharing art with others and the world is something very beautiful and very special to me. Psychology and the way people think is just as important to me.

When I’m not in class, I’m grabbing a cup of coffee, thinking about coffee, eating with my roommates/watching TLC with said roommates, OR hanging out with other artists: we gravitate toward each other.

My favorite class was Arts and Healing. It was my first REAL taste of what art therapy was about at the undergraduate level. My teacher was great and created a perfect meaning of what Art Therapy is supposed to be.

The coolest thing I’ve done so far was Study Abroad in Italy! It was scary and exhilarating at the same time! I saw artwork that I never thought I would ever see in my entire lifetime. I was given the opportunity to eat great things, see great things, and learn great things that I would have never known I had stayed in America. Sometimes you have to see how beautiful other places are before you can recognize the beauty of your own home.

When I graduate I hope to change the lives of many using art therapy. Any more than that, is still a mystery to me.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because the teachers I’ve run into are some of the most inspiring people I’ve ever met. They really know what they are doing and can make you a better professional for it. After four years, there are plenty of reasons I would recommend Marywood, the art buildings, the classmates that you will have, but my biggest recommendation is the staff and faculty.


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