For Lyndsey Saunders, the decision to come to RIT for a liberal arts major has netted great opportunities and insight into why COLA might be RIT's best kept secret.
"Since I've been here it's been an experience, to say the least," said Saunders with a laugh.
Growing up in Buffalo, Saunders considered RIT for a number of reasons, including proximity to home.
The biggest reason that Saunders selected RIT, however, came down to the advantages of pursuing a liberal arts degree in a school that has a strong technical and career-focused culture.
The advantages of the co-op program certainly weighed heavily on her decision to attend COLA.
"Number one for me was co-ops," said Saunders, on her college decision. "It was between RIT and Canisius. RIT was a step ahead because of the co-op experience and opportunity that's here."
The benefits of the co-op system have already been felt for Saunders, who is currently a co-op student in the Dean's office in COLA. That opportunity has had a big influence on Saunders and she doesn't take it for granted.
"The most rewarding part is definitely this job that I have now, to be a part of the Dean's office and knowing who the upper level people are in our college," said Saunders. "It's also good for your resume because it gives me experience with bigger events, managing social media accounts and being able to connect with different colleges at RIT."
While her duties for the Dean's office and school work keep her busy, Saunders has other responsibilities that she has to tackle. One of these is writing for College Fashionista, a blog that covers fashion trends on college campuses across the nation.
"I don't think that I would have been able to do it and manage my time doing that and school, work and a job if I hadn't taken courses like Ejournalism and Newswriting," said Saunders.
Saunders also works at a waitress and is a member of PRSSA, the Public Relations Student Society of America. Her membership with PRSSA has let Saunders attend conferences where she's been able to network with other members in chapters at different colleges.
The sum of the experiences has left Saunders with a great opinion of the college and a reaffirmation of her decision to attend RIT for Liberal Arts.
"I think COLA is a hidden gem at RIT," said Saunders. "I think a lot of people have the tendency to overlook the students and the opportunities in COLA. They should really take a look into minoring within COLA or even just take some classes."