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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.​