#PittsburghMe: Meet Ali Geroche, Dance Major Monday, November 2, 2015
Meet Ali Geroche
Major: B.F.A., Dance - Jazz and Modern concentration
Expected graduation: 2017
Hometown: Loveland, Colo.
High school: Loveland High School
Why did you choose Point Park?
I chose Point Park because of the reputation of the Conservatory of Performing Arts, as well as the positive experience I had when I visited Point Park to audition for the dance program. During my visit, I was able to see a performance of the Conservatory Dance Company at the Byham Theater, and that performance convinced me that Point Park was the place for me.
What makes going to Point Park for your major different from any other university?
Our dance department is HUGE. It provides many experiences with realistic audition processes and the chance to get to know lots of talented peers! We also have many opportunities to work with guest artists as well as faculty members — it really is the best of both worlds.
Who is your favorite professor and why?
Rubén Graciani, the chair of the dance department. Although he has only been at Point Park for less than two years, Rubén has worked diligently to improve the dance program for its students. It is evident how much he cares about the students, and I greatly appreciate the efforts he has put in to maintaining and bettering the dance department!
What activities are you involved with at Point Park (both on campus and off)?
Last year, I was a resident educator on the 11th floor of Lawrence Hall! I spent time getting to know 40 first-year students, and mentoring them through their first two semesters at Point Park — it was a blast! This year, I work for the Office of Student Life as an office assistant. In addition to working at the front desk of the Office of Student Life, I also focus on social media, managing the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. I believe I landed both of these jobs because I was hungry for personal growth and excited about using my strengths to help others.
What have you learned about yourself during your time as a Point Park University student?
I have learned so much! I have learned that connecting with the intention behind whatever I am doing (schoolwork, job, personal relationships) allows me to find pleasure in doing things that can sometimes seem like hard work. I have also learned to expect to make mistakes and to practice grace with myself when I do.
What's the biggest difference between high school and college?
In college you are challenged to take more personal responsibility for certain aspects of your life. Everything from what you eat to the ways you choose to invest your time is up to you! I have found that this responsibility has produced personal growth, increased self-awareness and a development in my values and desires.
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Be fearless about getting involved on campus and pursuing your interests — now is the time! But, also remember to practice kindness with yourself. Taking time to stay healthy, sleep and do the things that bring you joy should not be overlooked in your soon-to-be incredibly busy schedule!
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Photo by Victoria A. Mikula, junior mass communication major
Text by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major