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  • Autumn Blazon-Brown ’19

    Theatre & Performance and Arts Management Double Major from Methuen, Massachusetts



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: Purchase is home to many creative and inviting students, making it really easy to collaborate and make art!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: To help high school students with the college application process, while also giving them insight as to why I love Purchase.

    My favorite spot on campus: The Dance Building. It is always warm, and there’s tons of natural light.

    Why I chose Purchase: Originally, Purchase was not my top choice, but I ended up here when I learned about how student-driven the theatre program is. The school also allows me the opportunity to study different art forms on top of just acting.

    My hobbies and interests: Dancing, singing, traveling, cooking, and drinking iced coffee all year round.

    Future plans after Purchase: Go to graduate school and become a professional actor.

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Experience and celebrate new and different things.

  • Dexis Caballero

    Where are you from?

    Sunset Park, Brooklyn, currently residing at Purchase College, and I am of Dominican decent.


    What is your major?

    Arts Management


    What does “Think Wide Open” mean to you?


    Think Wide Open, to me means having an open mind. In other words allowing yourself to understand others for who they are as an individual, allowing yourself to grow and connect to different cultures, environments and communities. 


    What would you want prospective students to know about Purchase?

    I would want Prospective students to know that Purchase is a place where you can be yourself and where you find new things about yourself. Purchase is the place where you can be adventurous with education, you can explore many different subjects and learn new things everyday.


    Why did you choose Purchase?

    I chose Purchase because I felt really welcomed the minute I step foot on to the campus. I was also intimidated of big colleges, because I was so used to going to smaller schools and I wanted my professors to know my name.


    What made you want to become an Ambassador?

    This Year I chose to become an Ambassador because I felt like I can show others why I love this college so much and I hope to show why this school is so great and why it should be one of their top choices for College. 

  • Anyela Coronado

    What is your major/minor?



    Where are you from? 

    Queens, NY


    What does Think Wide Open mean to you?

    Think wide open means to be open minded about situations in life , not judge people on any aspect , be open to new experiences and situations , stepping  out of your comfort zone to do new things and view different things in a way you’ve never thought of before , but ultimately thinking wide open means to just being open to changing your point of view on certain things and being accepting of everyone else’s.


    What do you want a prospective student to know about Purchase?

    Purchase college is a safe space for everyone and no matter who you are or what you are interested in , you always find people that you connect with , classes you love and interest you and just overall a safe environment to grow in for the 4 years you’ll be here.


     Favorite spot on campus and why?

    Library or stood. The library is amazing for when you want to study in a calm environment and it really helps me focus ,but one of my other favorite places is the stood because it is one of the  safest spaces on campus where you can just relax , play some games , listen to some music if you want and just let go of the stress of being a college student


    Why did you choose Purchase?

    I originally chose purchase because it was close to home and they had a great psychology program . I stayed at purchase because i loved it , since my first day here everyone was so nice and welcoming , i found an amazing group of friends , i ended up taking some classes i loved and purchase just became my second home after i thought it was just going to be a place where i came to get a degree in . Just being at purchase for a year made me grow as a person and learn how to step of my comfort zone and explore new things . So even though i choose it because it was close to home i stayed because this slowly  became home. .


    -          What made you want to become an ambassador? I love purchase and i’ve a great experiences at purchase and  i want to get prospective and incoming student as excited about purchase as i am .

  • Nadia Duncan ’19

    Theatre & Performance Major and Opera/Classical Voice Minor from Vienna, Virginia


    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: One word: collaboration. There are so many fantastic and talented artists on campus, but unlike most schools of its kind, the Purchase community is full of collaboration on independent projects. The students at our school are so creative and so driven to put up student productions, create films, plan events at the Stood, put up performance pieces, and just display their art all over campus. And the best part is that the faculty encourages us to do it!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I wanted to share how much I love my school with those who are still in the decision-making stage. I know exactly how it feels to be nervous and unsure about college, and I wanted to help guide and support my peers and their parents the way that I was when I came to Purchase for the first time.

    My favorite spot on campus: I absolutely love the little fountain and the trees behind the Admissions building. It’s a great place to walk and even lay in the grass during warmer weather.

    Why I chose Purchase: Purchase was actually kind of a last minute decision for me. I had auditioned for the Musical Theatre programs at many other schools, and unfortunately, didn’t get accepted. A family friend suggested I apply to Purchase, a school that I had never heard of, but because I didn’t have any other choices at that time, I applied. I committed to Purchase having never set foot on the campus; I was completely unfamiliar with anything about the school. But, when I came to Orientation, I fell in love. I knew that I was right where I belong, and the rest is history.

    My hobbies and interests: I’ve pretty much been focused on my music and my acting for now, as well as working in various offices on campus including Community Engagement, Career Development, the Purchase College Great Potential Program and Student Financial Services. I do want to maintain my passion for dance, and just stay active, so I plan on trying to take a couple more dance classes like I did last spring.

    Future plans after Purchase: Whether I stay in New York or move back to NoVA, or even move somewhere completely new, I’ll be performing. Where I go all depends on where the opportunities take me. My dream would be to be able to survive on my artistry alone. 

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: To me, “Think Wide Open” is homage to the individualism and self-expression that we see at Purchase. Everyone just lets their personal style run wild and there are so many characters on campus. One Friday night, I was talking to my best friend about my outfit, and how I was nervous to wear such a scandalous dress. Then she said to me “Don’t worry. No matter what you’re wearing, someone will always look weirder.” And trust me, she’s right.

  • Anastasia Goldberg

    Where are you from?

    I’m from Myersville, Maryland, a little outside the DC area.


    What does “think wide open” mean to you?

    Think Wide Open means to me that we all know remarkably little about the world and other people’s experience, so we all just need to keep learning and listening constantly


    What do you want prospective students to know about Purchase?

    If you decide Purchase is the school for you, then you’ll feel supported, challenged, stimulated, and so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by so many creative and hardworking people. 


    What is your favorite spot on campus?

    My favorite spot on campus is the editing lab in the music building because I can be productive on my own films while getting feedback and helping other students with theirs, sometimes very late into the night. 


    Why did you choose Purchase?

    I chose Purchase because I was looking to challenge myself as an artist, and I was looking for the best program for me. 


    Why did you become an Ambassador?

    I’m an ambassador because nothing is more important to me than speaking honestly about things I’m passionate about and helping other people, especially to make such an important decision as college. 

  • Maya Jingles ’19

    Psychology and Sociology Double Major from The Bronx, New York


    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I would want prospective students to know that just like any college, Purchase isn’t for everyone, but if you feel like it’s for you (and you’ll know), you’ll have the time of your life! I want them to know that there are so many opportunities to take advantage of, professors who genuinely want you to succeed, and students who you’ll end up being friends with your whole life.

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I became an Ambassador because I love Purchase! I toured here like 4 times and asked so many questions, so I when given the opportunity, I wanted to be the person answering the questions! I found that the Ambassadors gave me the most honest answers as a prospective student, so I couldn’t wait to do the same!

    My favorite spot on campus: ​My favorite spot is right behind the VA (Visual Arts Building), especially when it’s warm! It’s almost always quiet, the breeze is just right, and I get a perfect unobstructed view of the sky!

    Why I chose Purchase: I chose Purchase because it just felt right. That’s hard to explain, but after attending Accepted Students’ Day and various tours, this school felt like home, and I hadn’t even paid my deposit yet! There were also a bunch of meetups with other potential students in the city, and after just one of those hangout sessions, I knew I wanted to be surrounded by these people for the next 4 (now 2!) years, and for the rest of my life! After declaring my Majors and taking classes in what I loved, I knew this was the best place for me to pursue my education and study what I love!

    My hobbies and interests: I’ve recently gotten into embroidery which I love, I enjoy photography (on the Instagram level, not the class level), I’m the Secretary of Self-Care Club, and I work at the More Store which is super fun! I’m also interested in mentoring and teaching. I’m a Peer Advisor and tend to work at summer camps and schools when Purch isn’t in session. Finally, I go to Nerf Club (which is really pretty cool when you think about it), and I write in a notebook which goes with me everywhere!

    Future plans after Purchase: Aaah, I get this question a LOT and still don’t have a direct answer! I’ve been working at a Preschool for the past 2 years, so it would be cool to maybe teach in the future, whether it be to young kids or as a professor. As a Psych and Soc double major though, research is also really fascinating to me, so maybe one day I’ll work as a researcher too!

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: I’ve been hearing “Think Wide Open” for the past 2 years now, and it seems like the definition changes as I grow and change. As a prospective student, “Think Wide Open” just meant being accepting of others’ views. Now though, it also means to challenge what I don’t agree with and to think of things from different perspectives, not just the literal one.

  • Jonathan Mannato ’19

    Theatre & Performance  Major from Niskayuna, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase:  Take every opportunity you can at Purchase! Purchase is a place to let the creative juices flow and you can allow yourself to be whoever you want to be. You can grow at this school in the best of ways.

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I wanted to show prospective students all of the amazing and unique things Purchase College has to offer! I want to be able to give back what I have learned through the Purchase community.

    My favorite spot on campus: Getting lost in the Visual Arts building or the Underground Theatre in the Performing Arts Center.

    Why I chose Purchase: I chose Purchase because of its theatre programs, diversity, acceptance, and its literal mantra of “Think Wide Open.”

    My hobbies and interests: I love Netflix, RuPaul’s Drag Race, acting/performing, creating theatre, being with my wonderful friends, and I love me some good Chinese food.

    Future plans after Purchase: I wish I could tell you. Going with the artist flow! 

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Think Wide Open is not only for you to take a wider look at the world around you but to look inside yourself. When you come to college some people have a one track mind of knowing what they want, and some people have no idea what they want. Purchase is a gateway for you to explore who you are and to challenge your strengths and your weaknesses. To think wide open is to open yourself up to the world and take that leap!

  • David McLachlan

    What is your major?

    Graphic Design


    What are your pronouns?

    Pronouns: He/Him/His


    Where are you from?

    Bohemia, New York on Long Island


    What does “think wide open” mean to you?

    Think wide open to me means respect and acceptance for all, regardless of your own views and opinions, because Purchase is a community!


    What do you want a prospective students to know about Purchase?

    Purchase is unlike any other college out there, the culture is vibrant and diverse with inspiration at every corner.


    Favorite spot on campus and why?

    TerraVe on Wednesday’s because Pasta Day!


    Why did you choose Purchase?

    I chose Purchase because I loved how comfortable I felt coming here for the first time on my tour, everyone was so welcoming and I also fell in love with the Visual Arts Building!


    What made you become an ambassador?

    I became an ambassador because I wanted to be able to share with prospective students my experiences at Purchase so they could relate and picture themselves making Purchase their home too.

  • David McLachlan ’19

    Graphic Design Major from Bohemia, New York


    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: Purchase is undoubtedly one of the most unique colleges you will ever find. Change can be scary, but when you go to a school like Purchase the transition becomes motivating due to the encouraging community that is Purchase College!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: As a new Ambassador, I was interested in the position due to how enthusiastic my tour guide was when I first visited Purchase. I wanted a chance to share the same enthusiasm I have for Purchase with other prospective students looking to come here.

    My favorite spot on campus: I love hanging out with my friends on the Great Lawn on a nice, sunny day!

    Why I chose Purchase:  I chose Purchase because of the overwhelming sense of comfort I felt when visiting Purchase. Purchase really is a community, wherever you turn there is always a friendly face to get to know. Secondly, I chose Purchase College because I fell in love with the Visual Arts Building. The professors, studio classes, and work spaces the Visual Arts Building has to offer is a dream for a graphic design major like myself, where I can immerse myself in all different forms of art, from printmaking to sculpture. 

    My hobbies and interests:  Finding new music, petting any and all animals

    Future plans after Purchase: Although I am only a sophomore, the future seems uncertain but very bright. I hope to use my degree to become a freelance graphic designer and maybe go to grad school down the road.

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: For me, Think Wide Open means having respect for others, to listen to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree; to educate yourself in order to be a better person. I believe having compassion for others is my most important trait, and it is a trait that I believe all people should possess.​

  • Kache’ Mumford ’20

    Theatre & Performance Major from Jacksonville, Florida



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: This is a place where you can just be yourself. If you aren’t sure who that is yet, this is also a great place to find out!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I wanted to show other kids my home away from home. I understand how hard it can be choose a school that you feel comfortable in and I just want to help make that decision easier.

    My favorite spot on campus: Underground Theatre ( Performing Arts Center)

    Why I chose Purchase: Great teachers who push you to do your best!

    My hobbies and interests: Reading, watching movies, and going to see shows.

    Future plans after Purchase: I will go get my Master’s in Acting. When I am done with that I will hopefully open up my own theatre company.  

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Open your mind  to others’ points of view and ideas. Don’t be afraid to learn new things and don’t be afraid to think outside the box.  

  • Travis Raeburn

    Where are you from?

    I was born in Brooklyn and moved to Queens when I was nine.


    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase? 

    I want the prospective students to know as much about the school from the tours that they can because a college experience is an investment of your mental health, time, and money. Hopefully from the tours the students can have a solid idea of what to expect from Purchase College. Maybe they can find something they loved about it and why they want to apply and or, what they did not love. Now they know exactly what they want to look for in a school and how to move forward with their search process.


    The reason I became an Ambassador? 

    I remember when I was looking at colleges in high school (or even starting to explore the idea of going to college in junior high school) I wanted for someone to be very informative and truthful about their college experience and still be very relateable to kids in the city or inner city who are barely given opportunities to see schools, compared to the amount of opportunity other students from affluent neighborhoods may have.  Hopefully by being an Ambassador I can begin to bridge those gaps and encourage more students to continue their education.

    My favorite spot on campus?  

    My favorite spot on campus to relax or to reflect on my day would be the Music Building at night. Most students and faculty are no longer there and most rooms have pianos and rooms with carpets. Sometimes, I do homework inside of the practice rooms.


    Why I chose Purchase?

    In the summer between my junior year and senior year of high school, I was cast in a staged reading of a newly work shopped play that was a part of a theatre festival. While watching the other work shopped plays, I noticed another actor of color who was amazing and was the only actor of color in his cast. After his performance, I asked where he got his theatre training and he told me he graduated from Purchase College with a BFA in Acting. I had heard of Purchase vaguely from other teachers but I did not know what their acting program offered and what their classes were like. Later that year, the same actor who I met invited me to Purchase to see “In The Red and Brown Water,” which was a beautiful performance  and the first college production I saw with actors who I felt were like me on stage with captivating storytelling ability. From there I knew I had to apply to Purchase College and when I was offered a spot I knew this was the place I wanted to be.


    My hobbies and interests?

    My hobbies since the summer have been reading a lot of black empowerment books (fiction and non fiction). I watch a lot of anime, I have been stepping since I was ten years old and have done it all throughout  junior high school till the end of my high school career. I also do hip hop dance for fun. I have been acting since I was seven and I am currently pursuing a career in acting.


    Future plans after Purchase?

    I am going to continue my endeavors in the arts and hopefully travel. I want to be involved in a lot of work that is written by black playwrights  and screenwriters that explore and show our diverse culture and community around the world.

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Think wide open to means to think in a more emancipated way in a space that is safe and creatively motivated. I think an environment where you can commit to expressing and viewing the world more openly and freely with out worrying about being seen as vulnerable is important in an educational experience. Hopefully Purchase can be that safe space for other students as well.

  • Quinn Reynolds

    Where are you from?

    Buffalo, New York


    What is your major?



    What does Think Wide Open mean to you?

    To me, “Think Wide Open” means considering ideas that are just beyond what you assumed were possible.


    What do you want a prospective student to know about Purchase?

    You can find support for almost anything that you are interested in doing or being.


    Favorite spot on campus and why?

    The great lawn. It’s  peaceful and full of memories.


    Why did you choose Purchase?

    Wide opportunities at an economic Price Point.


    What made you want to become an ambassador?

    I’ve had a lot of success here at Purchase and have already begun using what I’m learning to get opportunities in my career field. I hope I can persuade others to come here and do the  same.

  • Winnie Richards

    Creative Writing Sophomore from Bovina, NY


    -          What does Think Wide Open mean to you? Think Wide Open, for me, is about the connections we have, can, and will make through school and moving forward in our lives, with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Thinking wide open is about being open and receptive and welcoming to that experience.


    -          What do you want a prospective student to know about Purchase? Purchase is a place where, whoever you are, whatever you do, and whoever you want to be, you will find your people and your place here.


    -          Favorite spot on campus and why? My favorite spot is sitting under the big tree on the Great Lawn. It’s a space where I can feel alone and peaceful, even amidst all the rush of living on campus!


    -          Why did you choose Purchase? I chose Purchase, firstly because of the great reputation of the Creative Writing department. But what really drew me to the school as a whole was the community here, the diversity of it, and the welcoming spirit of people.


    -          What made you want to become an ambassador? I wanted to become an ambassador, honestly, because of the experience I had on my campus tour at Purchase. I was made to feel so welcomed, understood, and excited about becoming a member of the community. I hope to be able to show prospective students that same welcoming energy!

  • Solange Rodrigues ’20

    Dance Major from Rochester, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: Purchase is a very free environment that always has something going on. It is very hard to be bored on this campus; there are always events, performances, clubs, open classes, and games to attend!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I wanted to become an Ambassador to meet students that are considering coming to this school, and help convince them that Purchase is a wonderful place to be.

    My favorite spot on campus: The Stood and The Great Lawn

    Why I chose Purchase: The remarkable dance program!

    My hobbies and interests: I like dancing, going to performances, sleeping, watching movies, reading, listening to music…oh, and cartwheeling!

    Future plans after Purchase: After college I intend to become a choreographer, as well as a teacher and performer. 

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: This means being accepting and welcoming to all the different ideas, people, etc. that one may encounter. To “think wide open” means to try new things, meet new people, eat a different kind of sandwich, and explore outside your boundaries!!

  • Melanie Rosete ’20

    Film Major from Brooklyn, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: ​I want prospective students to know how pleasantly surprised they’ll be if they attend Purchase College. How alive the community is, how engaged we are in various forms of art and culture, how passionate we are in our beliefs and protests, how committed we are to our work. 

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I love talking about things I am proud of, and I am proud of this school and all it’s done for me. 

    My favorite spot on campus: My favorite spot is the bleachers by the baseball field. You can watch the sun go down past the trees.

    Why I chose Purchase: ​I chose Purchase because I saw the kind of films that were being made by students here, and how much voice and passion were behind them, and I knew they were the kind of stories I wanted to tell.

    My hobbies and interests: ​I enjoy making films, watching films and TV shows, listening to music, skateboarding, dancing, and photography.

    Future plans after Purchase: ​I want to make films that mean something, but also make money. Wish me luck.

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: ​Think Wide Open means being open-minded and empathetic to all the unique individuals you will meet, and being inspired by the stories they carry with them.

  • Courtney Lykins ’19

    Art History Major from Scotia, New York


    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: How open and inviting of a community we have! The campus is also full of some of the most creative people you’ll meet.

    The reason I became an Ambassador: To let perspective students know how unique our campus is and to be a friendly face around campus.

    My favorite spot on campus: The trails around campus

    Why I chose Purchase:  I chose Purchase because of the atmosphere of acceptance, the proximity to New York City and the Neuberger Museum.

    My hobbies and interests: Painting, reading, hiking and exploring new places!

    Future plans after Purchase: Grad School

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: “Think Wide Open” means approaching every situation with empathy and compassion, listening to others and constantly challenging your own ideas on how the world should work.

  • Justice Smith `18

    Psychology Major and Biology Minor from New York, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: It’s an accepting and quite beautiful place to live.

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I want to spread the love I have for SUNY Purchase.

    My favorite spot on campus: Great Lawn

    Why I chose Purchase: It’s close to New York City but still provides a college experience without it being in a city.

    My hobbies and interests: Photography, Dance, and Lacrosse

    Future plans after Purchase: I want to become a psychiatrist

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: The phrase “think wide open” is one that I live by. To always accept new ideas and people is the only way one will hope to grow. Without having a flexible mindset, one will not be able to grow. Therefore, I keep this phrase in mind as I journey through not just my college experience but life itself.

  • Danny Smith ’18

    Sociology Major and Gender Studies Minor from Cambridge, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: There are lots of​ ways to get involved on campus, whether it’s through one of our sixty-something clubs, a sports team, or a part-time job. If you have an idea for an event or program, you can make it happen!

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I love talking to people about Purchase! I want to help graduating high school students find a college where they feel at home, like I did when I came to Purchase.

    My favorite spot on campus: The Library!​

    Why I chose Purchase: I decided to come to Purchase while I was taking a tour of campus. I just felt like I belonged here.​

    My hobbies and interests: I’m a sex educator on campus and on I also love to cook, knit, and play music.

    Future plans after Purchase: I plan on continuing to teach sex ed, hopefully working with Planned Parenthood. 

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Be open to trying new things. Don’t make assumptions based on appearances.

  • Jack Sullivan ’20

    Graphic Design Major from Yorktown Heights, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I want students to know the incredible value of Purchase. This is a small, culturally saturated, vibrant community. Purchase doesn’t seem to advertise as much as some other schools, so as a nervous high school student planning the rest of their life, it becomes much easier to pick what they know more about. I want students to know that this was my personal concern, and that I could not be more happy with my choice of Purchase College. 

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I really love this school. I always have (I went here for preschool at The Children’s Center on campus). My time at the VA (Visual Arts Building) has included some of the most event packed and beneficial days of my life. As someone who loves design, my education is exactly what I wanted, and I want to be able to share that feeling with prospective students. I want them to be as excited as I was and I want to be a smiling representative for the school that I love and am proud to call myself a member of. 

    My favorite spot on campus: The VA. It’s where I get to see incredible things be made and where I do all of my work. It really feels like a home to me, and everyone knows everyone. I love spending time here. 

    Why I chose Purchase: Beyond my personal history at this school, it has a positive reputation in the art world. That, and it is very affordable. I will be graduating Purchase debt free, allowing me to focus on beginning my professional career.

    My hobbies and interests: Beyond designing and making things which is my passion, I love all forms of media. I really love playing video games, as well as watching television programs and movies. I love supporting local artists and going to shows. I also love hiking, it’s my favorite outdoor activity and during the summer I go on at least one big hike a week in the bear mountain area. 

    Future plans after Purchase:  I plan on living in the city as it is an epicenter in the design world. I want to work at a design firm for some time, be on a payroll. Then long down the line I want to have my own design firm. I already work freelance under the name John Bradford Design. 

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: To me, Think Wide Open goes far beyond ‘being accepting to all.’ I believe it means allowing yourself to learn. Allow yourself to interact in mediums you wouldn’t have before you came here. Participate in conversations you wouldn’t have prior. Befriend people you normally wouldn’t, see what comes of it. Think Wide Open means be more, be your best. I believe Purchase perfectly facilitates this ideology. 

  • 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. 

  • Shellie Denise Welsh ’19

    Communications Major and Psychology Minor from Brooklyn, New York



    What I want prospective students to know about Purchase: I always compare Purchase to endless pizza! You’d​ think that it couldn’t get better, then you’re surprised by something new. 

    The reason I became an Ambassador: I love being the first face people see when they come on campus!

    My favorite spot on campus: The couches in Starbucks!

    Why I chose Purchase: THE DIVERSITY! 

    My hobbies and interests: Eating and sleeping

    Future plans after Purchase: In the future, I hope to figure out what I actually want to pursue. I’m interested in working with marketing and advertising in the beauty industry, project management, or event coordination.

    What “Think Wide Open” means to me: Thinking Wide Open applies to people who are introverted or extroverted; students who are quiet to voice their opinions through different mediums of art, for example. Meanwhile, it allows outspoken students to get out and speak their mind.