Gianna Pisano, 2019

Hometown: New City, NY
Major: Communication Arts

“STAC is above and beyond what I thought it would be. I thoroughly enjoy coming to campus every day.”

Gianna Pisano attended small, private schools her entire life and is comfortable with closely knit learning communities. Choosing STAC, she says, was an easy decision made even easier when she was invited to participate in the college’s Honors Program, which comes with an academic scholarship.

As an honors student, Gianna has opportunities to take advanced and special courses not offered in the general curricula. In addition, STAC’s honors students get to study at Oxford the summer between their junior and senior years – an offer too good to pass up.

“I love being part of the honors program. Everyone is so close,” Gianna says.

Gianna, who lives at home and commutes to STAC from New City, New York, stays busy outside of class, as well.

She works as an orientation leader in the summer and serves as chief justice of the college’s Communication Arts Club and as a college ambassador, giving tours and working at open houses. She also writes a weekly article for Odyssey, an online publishing platform.

Gianna says she has always loved to write and stays current on events and news. In her major, she is focusing on broadcasting and digital content production and has declared a double minor in journalism and social media.

Upon graduating from STAC, she’d like to pursue a career in broadcast journalism with a major network. She hopes to land an internship at NBC before she graduates.

“I’d like to be on camera, but it’s important to know everything behind the camera, as well. I’m looking forward to learning how to edit pieces, use technology and learn to direct,” Gianna explains. “STAC’s communication arts program gives me a chance to be well rounded in this field. That will be a huge plus when I’m looking for a job.”