Q&A with Morgan Baum '17
Acton-Boxborough High School
Majors: psychology and education
Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
I was at a big state school and felt as though I didn't fit in with the social or academic culture. I did not want to participate in Greek life, and I wanted to be able to recognize faces when I walked to class. I also wanted to be challenged more academically, in an environment that would support strong connections with professors.
What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
Skidmore offers a close-knit community that supports its students. Both the professors and the peers in my classes genuinely want to be there and are willing to provide support. Classes are small and discussion-based, making it easy to get involved in the material. Skidmore also has a lot of resources that allow students to explore ideas—some of my friends who major in business pitched their ideas to real businesses, friends in exercise science get to conduct labs using unique equipment with other students as subjects, and as an education major I’ve been placed in two different schools for my student teaching experience.
Skidmore also offers a different social environment. It’s wonderful to be able to recognize friendly faces walking to class or through the dining hall. There is no one “typical” Skidmore student, because many people have a variety of interests and participate in a lot of different activities.
What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
It can feel like an overwhelming decision, but if you are unhappy where you are, do something about it. Once here at Skidmore, it is important to get involved. I am currently the treasurer of our community service club, Benef-Action. I’ve also tried out Random Acts of Crafts, the Outing Club, salsa dancing, Skid Eats, and others. And I am involved in peer tutoring, pre-orientation for first-years, and the transfer orientation. Getting more involved on campus is not only helpful in meeting new people, but it is also a lot of fun!
Are you glad you transferred?
Definitely. Skidmore welcomed me with open arms. The community is very accepting, and I worked hard to get involved. The open gym gave me the opportunity to train for half-marathons, and I ended up loving it. I also got to participate in the Skidmore Chorus, which has members from the Saratoga community as well as students. It’s been interesting to hear the stories of the older chorus members. Finally, through a Skidmore travel seminar, I went to Bali, Indonesia, during a winter break. I made lifelong friends and had an amazing experience.
What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
The people, by far. I have fostered amazing relationships with both peers and faculty members here. The faculty really want you to succeed and are always open to meeting after class. In my experience, the students have been accepting of people from all different backgrounds, which is also important.
What are your future hopes/plans?
Eventually I want to go to graduate school and hopefully find a job that combines my love of education and passion for travel. Some possibilities include elementary school teacher, study-abroad coordinator, and infant early-intervention specialist.