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Maggie Tirrell ’19

Cinema Studies and Media, Society & The Arts Double Major from Greenfield, Massachusetts



What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I think the biggest thing I want prospective students to know about Purchase is that their Purchase experience is completely dependent on what they make of it. There are a lot of chances for Purchase students to sort of construct room for the things they care about while they’re here. I think it’s really important for students to come into Purchase feeling like they’re in control of the next four years of their life, because they really are and it feels good to know that if something isn’t working out, you have total power to change things around so they can best benefit you! 

The reason I became an Ambassador: I became an Ambassador for a lot of reasons! I thought it would be a good way to connect to Purchase more, and it’s honestly really fun to know a bunch of little things about campus. Being an Ambassador really makes me appreciate and understand Purchase better, and I like that my job is to show other people why Purchase is a cool place!

My favorite spot on campus: Behind Alumni Village across the main road there’s a trail marked by a red dot on a telephone pole. If you follow the path it brings you to a really sweet little creek and it’s a really nice place to sit and read when it’s warm out.

Why I chose Purchase: I chose Purchase mostly because it was an affordable school close to the city but not IN the city that had a cinema studies program. I also had ties to the music scene and had always heard good things about the overall feel of the school and community. 

My hobbies and interests: I’m into art, film, and media. I care a lot about human rights and the environment. I really like things that use art/film/media to make political points about human rights and the environment. Interdisciplinary art and activism. 

Future plans after Purchase: I want to write essays for academic journals. Beyond that, I’m not sure!

What “Think Wide Open” means to me: To me, “Think Wide Open” is in reference to the personal responsibility that all members of our community should take the care to uphold. I think open-mindedness is especially important right now in a time when so many people in our world don’t take the time to look at the world and situational aspects of the world from perspectives other than their own. The concept of “Think Wide Open” worked to make Purchase what it is today– a hub of acceptance and tolerance for others. “Think Wide Open” is a mantra we should all repeat in our heads daily.