School of Arts & Sciences
Class of 2016
Major: Communication Arts
I don't know where the world's going to take me, but I'm going to embrace it.
Unlike most people, Anissa Figueroa SAS'16 actually enjoys public speaking.
"You can put me in front of people and I'll be fine," she says, which in part explains why she made the switch from pre-med her freshman year to Communication Arts, with a minor in English.
Figueroa likes to write and is always looking to improve her skills and prepare herself for a career in public relations. To that end, she's undertaken her first internship, with the College Relations department on campus.
She's also constantly searching for ways to express herself creatively, Figueroa says. When an idea resonates with her in class, she'll make a point of writing about it later, usually something freeform.
Figueroa also seeks opportunities for expression in three-dimensional space, occasionally allowing herself to dream of dancing on Broadway. She's taken hip-hop dance and classical ballet classes at The College of New Rochelle. "I like movement, but I want to be technically trained," she said. These days she's looking online for instruction, as well.
Another outlet for movement is the Blue Angels Cheerleaders, which has seen a resurgence in recent semesters. Figueroa credits the current coach, and the group is hoping to generate more interest among students -- enough to hold a cheer camp over the summer to learn gymnastic-type routines. Figueroa notes that attitude and involvement are the most important characteristics in cheerleading.
But Figueroa does more than cheer from the sidelines -- she's also a member of the College's cross country team, and was named to the Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 2013 Fall All-Academic Team.
It's fitting, since her running route as a high school student at the nearby Ursuline School took her through the CNR campus. As she learned more about the College, "I knew the professors would be able to fulfill my needs," she says.
Figueroa enjoys visiting New York City, but has really immersed herself in the culture of the campus. She's also treasurer of the Latin American Women's Society, a peer minister, member of the Christian fellowship, and a student ambassador.
She's working on studying in England for the spring semester, and hopes to do more traveling after her time in school. "I don't know where the world's going to take me," she says, "but I'm going to embrace it."