Student Testimonial: Seton Hill UniversityPosted July 25, 2022, 1:00 pm by
Skyler Hostetler - Seton Hill University
Why Did You Choose to Attend Seton Hill University and Pick This Major?
Growing up, I’ve always told myself that I wanted to be in a profession that made me genuinely happy. As the years went by I realized that my one true passion was dance. I ended up visiting a couple colleges that offered dance as a major, but none of them felt right for me until I visited Seton Hill.
TaMara Swank and the dance faculty are incredible. They made me feel at home. The Visual & Performing Arts program here is unlike any other. Each individual is seen for his/her strengths and weaknesses and is given a personalized path which leads to one's end goals. The facilities at the arts building are modern and stunning, just being in the building inspires me. The dance program also offers a wide variety of faculty, styles, and tracks that allow us to focus on reaching our fullest potential. I knew Seton Hill was the right choice for me when I attended the Dancer For A Day event. Everyone was so genuine and I felt appreciated for my strengths that will guide me in my future plans as a dancer, teacher, and choreographer.
What Did You Hope to Get Out of the Program at Seton Hill University, and Did You Achieve It?
Entering the program, I really wanted to find what path to take as a dancer. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to perform, teach, or choreograph. Over the past two years, I have had many opportunities that have helped to guide me along the way. I’ve had a lot of performance opportunities both on and off campus and I started teaching and choreographing for local studios as well as the Seton Hill University Dance Academy (SHUDA). I serve as the choreographer for the Seton Hill University Dance Team and assistant/demonstrator for the Thrive Dance Convention faculty.
All of these opportunities have helped me realize that I can do it all. I don’t need to limit myself to one area of dance because I have a passion for each of these areas. When I graduate, I’m hoping to audition and perform as well as teach and choreograph at dance conventions. In the distant future, I may consider opening a dance complex of my own.
Did You Have to Prepare for This Major In Any Way? If You Didn't, Do You Wish You Did?
Being a dance major, I think that all of our training prior to college helps prepare us for what’s to come. I needed to mentally prepare myself for this new level of professionalism. I’ve always been a perfectionist, which can lead to being very hard on myself. Before my classes started I really focused on what made me unique. It’s important to be confident in yourself, especially in the performing arts. When you find that self love, it’s easier to take care of yourself and learn from the people around you without putting yourself down.
What Was a Typical Day Like at Seton Hill University?
It’s always an early morning as a dance major, but I don’t mind starting out my day with some early morning movement. My days are filled with many dance classes and an occasional class up on the hill. After classes I either teach or have rehearsal/ practice. In between my classes and rehearsals, I love to hang out in the Arts Building.
What Was the Most Memorable Moment of Your Time at Seton Hill University?
How do I pick one?! There have been so many memorable moments here at Seton Hill. Honestly, there’s at least one moment a day that I find special. So many people here have added to my list of amazing memories that I'll never be able to pick just one. That alone tells me that I made the right choice.
What Advice Do You Have for Teens Looking for the Right College?
As cheesy as it sounds, you truly will know, deep down inside, when a college is the right choice for you. Always look for a college that welcomes you as an individual. You should find a college that appreciates your unique qualities and where those around you can help lift you up.
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