James Canal '16

Sophomore major in theatre arts from Monroe, CT

Why Hartwick?
I chose Hartwick due to the well-rounded liberal arts education that is offered here, the amazingly welcoming student body, and the emphasis on cross-curricular studies.

What are your classes like?
My classes have been the perfect balance of challenging and enjoyable. I love pushing myself to do my best in each course I take.

What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
To me, theory into practice means applying the general concepts that surround a certain topic into real life situations, and hands-on experiences. Doing this truly helps for jobs outside of the school.

How have your professors made an impact on your education?
My professors have definitely impacted my education for the better. They have all been so willing to share their knowledge with me, and always approachable whenever I need assistance.

What do you do outside the classroom?
I am a member of the Theatre Department, Not So Sharp (secretary, treasurer), Phi Mu Alpha (alumni relations officer), Cardboard Alley Players, Orchesis, and I am a Writing Center Tutor, an RA, and an Orientation Leader.

How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
I always emphasize to my friends back home that Hartwick has such a well-rounded and supportive community. As such a small school, we are able to create a close-knit, family-like environment for the students.

What comes after Hartwick?
I am hoping that I will either continue on to graduate school after Hartwick, or start to go into the work force in theatre in New York City! Or, perhaps, both simultaneously!

What would you tell future Hartwick students?
I would tell future students that this college has such amazing resources available, and that it is the students' responsibility to follow through and utilize those resources in order to achieve their full potential here at Hartwick.