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Q&A with Todd DiMenna '19

Todd DiMenna 19

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Saratoga Springs High School

business major, economics minor

Why did you decide to transfer to Skidmore?
Class size was a major factor in my decision to transfer. My learning style is better suited to a smaller classroom setting.

What does Skidmore offer you that your previous college did not?
A smaller faculty/student ratio was not readily available at my previous university. For example, I was recently struggling in philosophy and because of the class size and my relationship with the professor, I felt at ease approaching him during office hours. We sat and talked for nearly 20 minutes. He not only helped me with my approach to my class work, but helped me think through my overall transition to Skidmore.

What advice do you have for others considering transferring to Skidmore?
Think of your four college years in terms of how they can best serve your educational and social needs, as well as the opportunity for growth inside and outside the classroom. To be honest, I was pretty focused on sports hype and inter-collegiate rivalries when I looked at colleges as a high school senior. What I should have been thinking about was the climate in the classroom. The kind of energy a classroom of 15 has versus a lecture hall of 250 is massive, but the larger environment doesn’t allow for the sharing of ideas and dialogue in a manageable way.

Are you glad you transferred? Why? Why not?
YES! I knew that Skidmore would provide me a tremendous opportunity for exposure to hands-on, creative learning in small groups. I’ve been able to take my learning style into account so I can get the most out of my classes. My professors are awesome. They all know my name and because of this I feel a real sense of belonging to my classes. In a recent meeting with one of my professors, he pointed out that I don’t like to talk a lot in class and he offered me a way to earn extra credit until my confidence grew.

What's the best part of Skidmore so far?
The professors are the best part of Skidmore. I like every single one of them. The second-best part of Skidmore is campus size. Our small campus lends itself to seeing a lot of familiar faces day in and day out. Even if I don’t have a class with one of my peers, I see them on the Quad, in the dining hall, or at the bookstore. That’s a nice feeling.

What are your future hopes/plans?
I hope to learn enough about business and economics to formulate a solid financial path for my future. What that exactly is right now is undetermined, but ideally I would like to weave my love of sports into a business opportunity like starting a recruiting or sports marketing company.