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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!