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Meet Alexa Kennedy

Major: B.A., Creative Writing and English
Expected graduation: 2016
McMurray, Pa.
High school: Peters Township High School
Scholarship from Point Park: Founders Scholarship

Why did you choose Point Park? 

I fell in love with the idea of attending a school in the heart of a city, especially Pittsburgh. Furthermore, at the time I was undecided and the options offered here piqued many of my interests. I knew I could see myself here. 

What makes going to Point Park for your major different from any other university? 

Beyond the outstanding and experienced professionals that are my instructors, as a writing major, this school and city offer unique opportunities to draw experiences from. Gotta write what you know. 

What activities are you involved with at Point Park (both on campus and off)? 

Poetry Club, All Things Horror and Adventure Club. Off campus I have volunteered for Magee-Womens Hospital, the YWCA and The American Red Cross.  

What changes have you noticed in yourself since moving to Pittsburgh?

I’ve developed a greater sense of confidence in myself and my instincts. While I thought I was an open-minded, experienced person before moving into the city, I was frighteningly mistaken. Spending my college years in Pittsburgh and at Point Park is a decision I am very proud of. 

What is your favorite class that you have taken so far and why? 

Intro to Prose with Fred Shaw has been my favorite course because 1. Fred Shaw is an awesome dude and 2. the material and advice he gave during class has redirected not only my career path, but my habits as a student and person. I originally wanted to work for a publishing or editing company but now I want to write and teach. A professor who causes you to question more than the writing prompt is invaluable. 

Where is the best view of the city?  

The best view of the city is inside any of the local band venues (Altar Bar, Mr. Smalls, Mr. Roboto, Club Café, etc.). 

What advice would you give to an incoming student?  

Do not procrastinate, ask as many questions as you can, and LEAVE DOWNTOWN. We live in a pretty city with communities and sights that far surpass that of Market Square. My favorite areas are Bloomfield for restaurants and hanging out, the Mexican War Streets in the North Side for the museums and architecture; there is so much beauty there. I also enjoy Squirrel Hill for shopping, eating, movies, anything really.

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Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major 
Text by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major

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