Matilda Lovejoy

Matilda Lovejoy

Hometown: Ballston Lake, NY

Major: Animation

Graduation Year: 2024

Why did you choose Daemen University?

The decision was rather simple after I got the chance to shadow a first year animation class and walked away with a finished simple animation of a flour sack. This experience also gave me the chance to talk Professor Jones the head of the animation department. This scholarship plus that experience were the deciding factors in me choosing Daemen.

Why did you choose your present major?

Because animation combined my love for movies and art.

Please briefly describe your Scholar's Day.

On Scholar's Day I remember talking about Spiderman in my interview, which sounds very out of place but when my initial plan was to work at Marvel after school it makes a little more sense. My family made fun of me for this saying that only I could go into a fancy scholarship interview and start talking about Spiderman. Later on that day at lunch I talked with Austin Brass, Directory of Undergraduate Admissions, about movies and shows. As unexpected as these conversations were, they were really nice because it made the day and conversation feel personalized and sincere, which I was not completely expecting when I was surrounded by about 200 other brilliant and talented students striving for the same scholarship.

Please describe your academic experience at Daemen.

My academic career over these three years has definitely had its ups and downs but I my professors helped and encouraged me even when I was at my lows, which I will always be grateful for.

What do you like best about Daemen?

The people and professors I have meet. I can not overstated the value of having a great relationship with professors. Along with having a good and healthy friend support system both in and out of your department.

What clubs or organizations have you been a part of here at Daemen College? What kinds of things do they do?

I am a member of the figure drawing club, where we draw from live models.

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning or academic experience?

This year I am taking a service learning class within my department which was been a new experience. Not only has it pushed me to work on and collaborate on an animation film with other classmates, something I have never done before. It also is the first opportunity that I have had to I get to eventually see some of my artwork be out in the real world and in a way that helps the community. For context we are working on animating a PSA short film.

Do you have a job or jobs on campus? Please provide a brief description.

I work as the Trustee Scholars' Assistant, helping Yolanda in any way that I can in regards to keeping Trustee Scholars informed about events and other important information. However mainly, I am a work study student for the Animation Department. I have multiple responsibilities including doing secretarial duties and odd assignments within the department. My job has also been described as being Professor Jones', my boss' , minion. Also, I am looking forward to becoming and working as a tour guide over this upcoming summer.

What is your favorite spot to stop by in town?

This year I would say, McDonalds and I have become very well acquainted. However, I do also love Rin's Thai Bistro. Also, it is not technically in town, but I love being in the animation labs.

What piece of advice would you give to prospective students?

"Don't do anything I would do, and definitely don't do anything I wouldn't do. There's a little gray area in there and that's where you operate" - Tony Stark