Charlie Marotta is an Architecture major from Greencastle, PA. He shares why he chose to attend Catholic University and the School of Architecture and Planning, and what advice he has for prospective students.

Why did you choose to attend Catholic University and the School of Architecture?

"Catholic University is a great school for architecture located in the heart of Washington, D.C., close to home and with many accomplished professors and faculty. The options that Catholic provides as an architecture school in the city means that your classroom is really the city around you."

Why did you choose to study Architecture?

"I have always loved architecture. Growing up around D.C., I was fascinated by the ornate classical buildings that flanked the National Mall. I am constantly questioning the built environment around me and imagining my own version of it through drawings and models."

What's been your favorite part of being a student at Catholic University?

"My favorite part of being a student at Catholic University is having access to so many opportunities through campus and the city. The classroom really is the city, and I have had so many classes that would meet at the National Mall, the Library of Congress, other historical points of interests, and even a concrete plant! The opportunities for what you can do in D.C. are endless, and the Metro being so close to campus allows for easy travel into the city."

What advice would you give to prospective students?

"Don't be afraid to ask upperclassmen for advice. They are a wealth of information and will help inform you about activities that you might not have known existed in the first place. My upperclassmen friend told me about working as a lab tech in the School of Architecture, and that is what made me decide to become one too!"