“I just remember walking on campus and feeling that this was ‘it,’ that GMC was just the right fit.”
Shelby is a junior from Lake Luzerne, N.Y. She transferred from Adirondack Community College (SUNY Adirondack for short) and is now an art education major with a minor in psychology. She chose Green Mountain College for a lot of reasons. “Coming from a smaller school, the size was really important to me. Being able to work on that level with your professors was really important. The campus, overall, was beautiful . . . I just remember walking on campus and feeling that this was ‘it,’ that GMC was just the right fit.”
In relation to her major, Shelby has volunteered at a daycare over the summer. Her mother is also a teacher, so she spends a lot of time in her classroom. “My ultimate goal is to be an art therapist. But I want to teach so I’m trying to fit the two together.”
Her favorite art mediums are oil painting and pencil drawing, but she loves to experiment with different materials. Her biggest inspiration is Vincent Van Gogh because he used art as a form of therapy.
She’s used her design skills to develop a logo for the annual “Thanks and Giving” event, when the town community comes together with the college to help give thanks and participate in community projects. She’s a member of the equestrian club, and she’s thinking of joining an athletic team sometime next semester.
When asked about her choice of academic major, she said: “I remember in 8th grade: All of a sudden, I have this ability I didn’t know I had and it ended up becoming the way that I could express myself. It just became a part of me. It was something that I felt was important for every child to have the opportunity to find that and to find their voice and if they can’t do it this way, then art is the way. I don’t know, I think it’s an important skill for everybody to learn. To view the world that way, I think, is a beautiful thing.”
As for post-graduation plans, she’s looking into graduate school. She wants to get her masters in teaching/psychology.