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Alumni Spotlight: Marisa R. Santiago '14

marisa r. santiago '14BA Fine Arts

Other Degrees

DPT Physical Therapy, Widener University 2017


Philadelphia, PA

Current Position

First-year Physical Therapy Graduate Student
Widener University

My Widener Experience

Why did you decide to major in fine arts?

I decided to major in fine arts because I am a dancer, and I wanted to continue pursuing my passion. But I also wanted to be a physical therapist, and Widener allowed me to pursue both of my dreams! I am now in the graduate program for my doctorate of physical therapy at Widener.

What clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?

I was involved with Widener Dance Company (WDC) and now as a graduate student. I was the vice president of the company during my senior year and an involved member for all four years. WDC is an amazing organization that provides an opportunity for students to continue dancing in college. I love every second that I spend dancing with WDC; we are like a big family, and I don’t know where I would be as a person or a professional-in-training if I weren’t involved in the WDC. The people and experiences helped shape me into the person I am today.

My Professional Experience

How has widener prepared you for life after college?

Graduate school is a difficult road to take, but it is the next step. It’s necessary to have an advanced degree nowadays, and you will thank yourself in the end. Widener definitely gave me the necessary skills that I need to survive graduate school. I built up confidence, gained trust, learned perseverance, and obtained a new outlook on life. These things are essential to succeed in your future job, studies, and in life. In essence, Widener just made me a well-rounded person!

What advice would you give a prospective student considering your major or graduate program?

Get involved as much as possible to enjoy every minute. It is a privilege that not many people get to experience, and it goes by much quicker than you think! The fine arts professors are amazing people, so pick their brains as much as you can and get the most out of every class. Try your best, because it will be tough at times, but it will honestly change your life and prepare you for your future!