Bio: Marlo Colletto

Hometown:  Truxton, NY

High School attended:  None! My parents ascribed to a type of homeschooling known as “Unschooling” which meant that my K-12 years were mostly spent reading and traveling widely; more generally learning from life instead of lessons.

Where did you go to college?  After earning an associate degree at Tompkins Cortland Community College, I transferred to Cazenovia College to complete the second two years of my bachelor’s.  While at Caz, I was also lucky enough to participate in the college’s study abroad program, spending the fall semester of my senior year enrolled at Canterbury Christ Church University in Canterbury, England.

What did you study?  English (B.A.)

What were you involved in?  During my two years at Cazenovia, I was a reporter for The Quad (the college newspaper), spent a semester overseeing public relations for the college radio station WITC, sang in the Cazenovia College Chorale and College Singers, acted in "The Sound of Music," studied abroad, and was active in the Environmental Club, Outdoor Recreation Club, and Alpha Chi Honor Society. 

How long have you been at Caz?  Three months after graduating from Cazenovia and after a summer spent interning with the Syracuse regional office of Senator Charles E. Schumer, I was hired as an assistant director of Admissions with the college in August of 2010.

What do you like about working in Admissions? I view my job as an opportunity to ‘pay it forward.’ From my first interactions with the Admissions Office as an incoming student (the kind who always had another question as soon as the last one was answered, and who wanted to be viewed as an individual, not a number), I felt the personal touch in Cazenovia’s approach to education.  My admissions counselor responded quickly, answered questions fully, and always offered encouragement and reassurance.  This swiftly elevated Caz to my top choice, and when I enrolled, my interactions with the professors here only confirmed the good investment I’d made.  Challenging and supporting me in equal measure, my relationship with the faculty who mentored me continues today.  The most rewarding part of my job is that I get to play my own part in illustrating what I’ll call The Cazenovia Difference to incoming students and their families.

What advice would you give a student who is interested in Caz?  Make the most of your time here—no one else can do that for you!  Get out, get active, and get involved, so that you don’t get to graduation and have regrets. 

What do you like best about Caz?  The people!  See ‘The Cazenovia Difference.’

What is your favorite spot on campus?  I love the hubbub of the Catherine McFarland Hamberger Lounge (a.k.a. the Coleman couches outside of the Mailroom).  From this comfy vantage point you can see the Quad sprawling outside of the window, sit and read, kill time between classes, or people watch to your heart’s content at what is essentially the crossroads of campus.

What is your favorite hobby?  Going to go full English-major on this—but I have to say my hobby is words—writing, reading, speaking, watching well-written movies/TV, making puns, telling corny jokes, and finding just the right descriptor for something. 

Favorite quote, book, or movie:  My favorite quote or idiom would have to be that “truth is stranger than fiction.”  Attributed to various authors throughout history, stated in a variety of ways, the breadth of my life experience has certainly taught me that this is so.