Taimoor Qazi '15Sophomore pursuing an ISP in journalism and environmental science from Port Jefferson Station, NY.
From the minute I stepped on campus, I knew Hartwick was for me. I was mesmerized by the beautiful scenery, and taken in by the sense of community. I felt like I was welcomed into a new family.
What are your classes like?
My classes filled my days with experiences I had never experienced anywhere before. My courses challenge me to work harder and think deeper, and had a good mix of fun and hard work.
What does "theory into practice" mean to you?
"Theory into practice" means that you get a hands-on learning experience that only Hartwick provides. Instead of sitting in class, listening to lectures, you get involved in what you are learning by "doing," not just taking notes or listening.
How have your professors made an impact on your education?
The intimacy level between students and professors at Hartwick made a drastic impact on my learning. I was able to get all the help I wanted, and being on a first-name basis made communicating with professors that much easier. I felt that my professors actually cared for my grades, and their willingness to talk and help lowered my stress level .
What do you do outside the classroom?
Hartwick provides students with many different ways to relax, get involved, and have fun outside the classroom. I am part of Hilltops and WRHO, the school's newspaper and radio station, and other organizations. Along with clubs and activities I enjoy what the town provides with entertainment such as restaurants, movie theaters, and shopping.
How do you describe Hartwick to your friends back home?
I describe Hartwick as home away from home to all my friends back home.
What comes after Hartwick?
After Hartwick comes graduate school for journalism and environmental science. Although Hartwick doesn't have a journalism major, it has helped me to think about what kind of journalism I want to pursue, and how to go about making the connections I will need to advance my career. I can honestly say that Hartwick has increased my confidence in what I want to do in the years to come.
What would you tell future Hartwick students?
Hartwick will give you the tools, and help, you will need to build the foundations for your life, so use them! You will learn new things, and grow in ways you never thought possible, so make the best of every opportunity you get.