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Q&A with Gonzalo Chavez '17

Gonzalo Chavez

Acton, Mass./Madrid, Spain
Eagle Hill School
political science major, business minor

Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
To be honest, transferring to Skidmore was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made. I had a lot of fun my freshman year at Connecticut College, and I was reluctant to leave my friends. However, Skidmore offered me an opportunity to help my family financially and that ultimately proved to be the deciding factor.

What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
I believe Skidmore provides a more comprehensive education. I’m not sure how I would characterize it exactly, but Skidmore affords you a worldview and an awareness that is unique. While the development of critical-thinking skills is at the core of most liberal arts schools, Skidmore and its professors do it in a way that makes me feel especially prepared to identify my place in the world.

What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
The people make the place. Base your decision off of the interactions you have with peers, faculty, and staff. Small liberal arts schools tend to be somewhat similar, but it’s the personality of Skidmore people that really determines the Skidmore experience.

Are you glad you transferred? Why? Why not?
Absolutely. Some risks pay off, and while it was not an easy process, I could not be happier at Skidmore.

What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
The memories I have made at Skidmore will remain with me. More importantly, the people I have met and my interactions with them will forever be my favorite aspect of the Skidmore experience.

What are your future hopes/plans?
This is always a hard question to answer. Law school is a consideration, as is some form of graduate degree in business. I’m only 22 though, so I am not overly concerned with immediately devising a concrete plan for myself. I always thought I would earn special insight by the time I was a senior in college, but for now what I know for sure is that I want to keep loved ones close and continue to push myself to seize opportunities that are new and outside my comfort zone.