Meet The Staff: Sydney Westervelt '17

Majors/Minors: Studio Art/French and Francophone Studies

Year: 2017

Hometown: Louisville, KY

Her Campus: What are you involved in on campus?Sydney Westervelt: Now that I think about it, most of the things I’m involved in, with the exception of Her Campus, are seasonal; for instance, I paint for liquid latex (which is TONS of fun). I also try to involve myself with the theatre scene (pun-intended) at Brandeis, but that only works if I get a part in a show.

HC: Why did you get involved in Her Campus?SW: My friend Chastity (who’s a Brandeis alum now) suggested that I come to a meeting because she knew I enjoyed writing, and it just kind of took off from there!

HC: What do you do at Her Campus?SW: I’m a campus correspondent (there are two of us, the other is the lovely Emily Beker). Our responsibilities include running the meetings, contributing article ideas, raising awareness for HC Brandeis in general – for instance, making sure our name is out there and we’re well known both on and off campus, and keeping all of our writers enthusiastic and motivated!

HC: What's your favorite thing about Brandeis?SW: So far, I think it’s Louis Louis week.

HC: What are some of your favorite things to do at Brandeis?SW: I love going to the art studio after hours or on a day when there’s no class because it’s usually very calm and quiet; and since silence is golden, it’s a great place to escape and focus on my artwork.

HC: If you could give a Brandeis first year one piece of advice, what would it be?SW: Embrace your inner-weirdo (because being weird is the best!). And also, don’t sweat the small stuff: if you get a crappy grade on a test or paper, you’ll try harder next time and that’s that. The knowledge you gain is far more important than the grade you get.

HC: What do you want to do after Brandeis?SW: I want to be a biological illustrator. It’s the perfect career for me because I love both art and science, and biological illustration is a most ideal way to combine the two.

FavoritesMovie: I’m an avid movie-watcher, so it’s very difficult for me to pick a favorite. But, I will say that a movie I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of watching is Mean Girls – it just really is awesome.

TV show: it’s a tie between Parks and Recreation and Major Crimes.

On-campus dining: I’ll have to get back to you on that.

Actress/actor: Meryl Streep

Color: black

Place: off-campus it’s anywhere my dogs happen to be (as long as I’m with them, of course), and on-campus it’s the art studio.