I'm a rising junior at Loyola University in Maryland, majoring in Studio Fine Arts and minoring in English, and currently looking forward to a semester abroad in Cork, Ireland at UCC. At Loyola I'm active on campus, both establishing and running various student clubs (including The Knifty Knitters), being a teacher's aide, helping with a First Year Initiative for students looking for greater community connection, and writing a blog for the school ( http://blog.loyola.edu/rory/2012/09/12/walls-can-speak-louder-than-words/
). This semester I achieved Deans List for the 4th semester, and am proud to have my work displayed twice in the Annual Student Art Show, and my poetry and a paper published in school literary magazines. I think a lot of my academic success comes from skills I learned as a homeschooler at Westerly and at public high school. Interacting with students of different ages and being exposed to different views played an important role in adapting to college life, as did the skills of critical thinking, time management, and self-reliance, all of which I attribute to my experiences at Westerly.