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A Letter for Prospective Students

September 28, 2015
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    by Sequoia Sellinger

Dear Prospective Students,

If you are reading this right now, chances are you are you starting to dive into the college application process – woohoo! This might be an exciting time in your life. You are searching for your new home for the next four years, which will facilitate your dreams and passions. When looking at schools Purchase was the only one that I could confidently call home. I knew when I first stepped onto this campus that I need to be here.

I am a junior classical composition major in the Conservatory of Music. Purchase is probably my favorite place in the world. During my past two years here I have collaborated with dancers, theatre, heard one of my orchestral pieces performed by the Purchase Sinfonietta, composed film scores for eight student films, started my band “Slow Loris,” and met my best friends and support system for life. Some of my favorite nights here have been salsa dancing to the Purchase Latin Jazz Orchestra, and New Plays Now, which is an evening of all new plays written and performed by students. This place is magical and stimulating. I feel like I am learning something entirely new every day, and have been introduced to so many different art forms!

My professors have given me so many opportunities, and have introduced me to some of the most important composers of today like Krysztof Penderecki, and John Corigliano. My composition teacher last year, Suzzane Farrin, organized a concert at John Zorn’s The Stone in the Lower East Side where all of the composition students would have a piece performed by professional musicians – it was CRAZY! Our faculty treats us like professionals and prepares us to be working artists. This is so important.

The energy at Purchase is always flowing; students here do everything from hosting radio shows to organizing activist groups to dancing in a hip hop troop! If I were to give any advice to a prospective student about the application process I would say it’s most important to be yourself! Purchase attracts unique, motivated, and authentic people. If you love Purchase, Purchase will love you.

All The Best,

Sequoia Sellinger, Admissions Ambassador