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(Nearly) Alumni Chat: Jacquelyn Richards



1. What attracted you to Saint Rose?

I knew I would be spending a significant part of my life at college so a welcoming environment was very important. The College of Saint Rose had just that and more! I was fortunate enough to take part in being an overnight guest and my fellow peers, staff, and Professors were all very welcoming and I felt very safe on campus. I knew the College of Saint Rose would nurture my growth, clarify my career goals and, help me towards landing a job after graduation.

2. What is your favorite place to visit off campus?

My favorite place to visit off campus is Proctor’s Theatre in downtown Schenectady. I enjoy being able to get lost in music, play productions, and the arts in general.

3. What is one of the most memorable traditions on campus?

One of my most memorable traditions on campus was the Campus Ministry, and Community Service, Alternative Spring Break in Washington, D.C.While in DC I  transcribed seminars on legislation for those less fortunate, advocated with the National Coalition for the Homeless, served homeless people food and coffee at S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat), and lobbied local government officials in White House area about the importance of the homeless people.

4. What do you do in your free time during the semester?

I like volunteering my time when I actually have free time. Currently, I am a volunteer at the Crime Victim and Sexual Violence Center where I provide coverage for the 24 hour sexual assault hotline. In addition, I am a volunteer for Whiskers, a no-kill cat shelter.

5. What is one of your five year goals?

What I would hope to have accomplished in five years is graduating from law school with a J.D. and a Masters in Public Administration.

6. If you could give one piece of advice to incoming students – what would it be?

Be open to trying new things! It is the only way you will use your time here wisely and learn about yourself, and gain meaningful memories. If you never saw yourself as a singer, but like Glee, then you should tryout for the Girls Next Door or another one or our a capella groups!

7.  Would you care to share a random fun fact about yourself?

Some of my hobbies include: tennis, fencing, dancing, ice-skating, acting/singing, and gardening.

8. Would you like to send a shout out to any professors?

Professor Hays who is a part of the Saint Rose Music Faculty. I just would like to send out a special thanks for your kind patience with me. I have been playing the violin for fifteen years without learning to read music. So it was a bit of a challenge to take Music Theory without having music skills I should have mastered years ago. Fortunately, Professor Hays was able to work with me after class and gave me the resources to learn instead of passing me along, which so many teachers did beforehand. I thank you again for your dedication, and non-judgment.

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