“I love hands-on classes and I need to do physical work to be satisfied. The REED major fulfills that.”
Carly Giusti hails from the etymologically serpentine town of Basking Ridge, N.J.She was told of GMC through her sister’s friend’s mother who works in an alternative-schooling program.
“I came to visit and loved the specificity of the classes. My dad was always talking about energy before I came to college, so I feel like I had a background in the environment,” she said.
GMC’s locale was love at first sight for Carly. “I remember driving around Vermont looking out the window with wide eyes and feeling excited. I loved and still love the landscape,” she said. “I liked the Cerridwen farm, too.”
Carly majors in GMC’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design program (REED) with a concentration in art. “I took an introduction to REED classes and it was mostly drawing from observation and creating imaginative designs,” she said. “I love hands-on classes and I need to do physical work to be satisfied, and REED fulfills that.” Carly’s art focus reigns supreme in her academic life. “I spend so much time in the art building, Surdam, working on projects,” she said. “I have appreciated working with art professors Karen Swyler, Kevin Bubriski, and Jenn Baker,” she said. Outside of class, she is also part of the Shakti Tribal Dance troupe.
The future could lead Carly in many different directions. “I want to do something to help people, like social work, but I’m not so sure yet,” she said. “I like the East Coast, but I also want to explore other places. I’d like to try living in a big city, but I could just as easily see myself easily being a crunchy homesteader,” she said.