Q&A with Marley Amico
Hometown: Ballston Spa, New York
Major: Gender Studies and French
Activities: Skidmore Concert Band, Outing Club, Bare, Student Entertainment Committee, Thoroughbred Ambassador, Health Services Student Assistant
Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
I transferred to Skidmore because I was looking for an environment where I could find a student body equally engaged in academics and co-curricular activities. Skidmore is the perfect environment for students who want to pursue multiple different interests, and I’ve been able to do that with gender studies, French, and music.
What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
I’ve only been here for two semesters, but have already traveled abroad twice, completed an internship that was funded by Skidmore and made strong academic and professional connections. Skidmore has given me opportunities for personal maturity and professional advancement that I didn’t have in a school that was not serious enough academically or supportive socially.
What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
Get involved! Although it can be difficult to convince yourself to attend club meetings alone, or go hang out with a new social group, it's absolutely crucial to having a successful transfer experience. Skidmore students are friendly and welcoming, and if you put yourself out there and get involved you will quickly meet new friends with similar interests and get integrated into the community. (Read Marley’s piece on her service trip to Guatemala)
Are you glad you transferred? Why?
Transferring to Skidmore is the best decision I have ever made! It helped me to become the person I was truly meant to be: Suddenly, I found myself in an environment full of supportive peers and faculty members where I could thrive. Everyone at Skidmore wants you to be happy and successful, and they provide the resources to help you achieve personal, academic and social prosperity.
What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
I never knew it was possible for so many friendly people to exist in one place before coming to Skidmore. I have met so many incredible people, and I feel like it has helped me to grow into a more outgoing and supportive person because I am rooted in such a positive environment.
What are your future hopes/plans?
Ultimately, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in gender studies. In the shorter term, I plan to move to New York and work for an education- or social work-related nonprofit. I like working with children who have experienced trauma, so I see myself working with that population in the future.