#PittsburghMe: Meet Dance Major Andrew McShea Student Profile
Meet Andrew McShea
- Dance (jazz)
- May 2017
- Leesburg, Va.
- High School
- Loudoun County High School
"The atmosphere in the conservatory is unlike anything else. When you’re in the dance program it’s like you’re in a company. There are so many different types of dancers here that it’s impossible not to grow from your peers."
Why did you choose Point Park?
Point Park has one of the best dance programs in the nation. I knew that if I was serious about making it in the professional world I needed a great education from a world-renowned staff, and that’s exactly what Point Park offers!
What makes going to Point Park for your major different from any other university?
The atmosphere in the conservatory is unlike anything else. When you’re in the dance program it’s like you’re in a company. There are so many different types of dancers here that it’s impossible not to grow from your peers. Just observing the people I get to dance with every day inspires me and motivates me to work harder and become the best that I can be.
What activities are you involved with here at Point Park (both on campus and off)?
Being a dance major consumes most of my time, but when I’m not in the dance complex I am usually out exploring Pittsburgh. There are so many cool places in this city that I have still yet to uncover!
Pittsburgh has some amazing food. What is your favorite dish to get in the 'Burgh?
My absolute favorite place to eat is Waffallonia on Forbes Avenue in Oakland! The have the best sugar waffles I’ve ever had!
Pittsburgh is the best city for __________?
Transitioning. Being a dancer I dream of one day living in a major city like New York or Chicago. Pittsburgh has been perfect for learning how to live on my own in a big city.
What is your favorite memory you've had in Pittsburgh?
My favorite memories are probably those days when my closest friends and I enjoy a relaxing day at Schenley Park followed by a fun evening in some new part of Pittsburgh chowing down on the best food Pittsburgh has to offer!
What advice would you give to an incoming student?
Definitely take advantage of the warm months here in Pittsburgh, and don’t let the cold months beat you down. There really is so much to do here and my biggest piece of advice would be to enjoy all the little fun things there are to do here!
Text by Jakob Como, senior multimedia major
Image submitted by Andrew McShea