Student Profiles


Gabriela Niejadlik

Sussex, New Jersey

Gabriela NiejadlikWhat classes have you taken at COA?
4-D Studio
Contemporary Artist as Researcher and Activist
Ornithology
Marvelous Terrible Place: Human Ecology of Newfoundland
Ceramic I
Life Drawing
Contemporary Culture and the Self
Problems in Painting
Starting Your Novel
Poetry and the American Environment
A Woman’s Place: In the Poem, at Home, on the Road


What has been your favorite class at COA? Why?
Problems in Painting. It taught me a lot about commitment, and determination because I spent 10 weeks crafting one thing and I’ve never spent so much time on a painting. It showed me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. It’s important to know that it just takes time and hard work.

What was your favorite lesson/lecture at COA? Why?
My favorite lecture/lesson was probably in my Human Ecology of Newfoundland course when Sean Todd was talking about oceanography and water ecosystems. Being concentrated in art and writing, it gave me a whole new perspective and sense of place. It gave so many new ideas to think about.

What is your dream occupation?
An artist, a writer and a photographer. Some combination of the three would be great. It would be nice if I could do fashion editorials once in a while but paint and write poetry most of the time.

Do you work on or off campus?
I work on campus. Right now I’m a TA for the Intro to Photography Class.

What do you see yourself doing after COA?
Well I’ve got a list of 25 things to do before I’m 25 so hopefully I’ll be working on that and probably going to graduate school.

What country or state would you like to visit?
France, India, California and Oregon. I hope to travel as much as I can.

Where would you love to live?
There are three places. Living in a brownstone in New York City, living in Paris in the Montmartre, or living in Provence, France on a lavender farm.

What is happiness to you?
Being content and thankful for the things I have. Along with appreciating every simple moment.

Have you had an internship? If so, doing what? Where? If not, what are your plans, if any, for your internship?
Nope, I haven’t yet, but I’m working on it! I’m hoping to intern with an artist or work at a magazine such as Interview in their photography department.

What are your ideas for your senior project? If you have already done one, what did you do?
I’ve got a lot of ideas, too many to list but I know it will have something to do with art!

What is one of your favorite childhood memories?
When I would spend my summers underneath raspberry bushes and eating them to my heart’s content.

What is your favorite food to eat? What is your favorite thing to cook?
It’s a toss up between rosemary olive bread and cheese. I like to make coffee if you count that as cooking.

What do you like to do when you’re not doing school work?
Go out on adventures and take pictures!

What are your favorite colors?
I don’t really have any favorites.

What are your favorite flowers?
Red poppies, roses, lilacs, and lavender.

What are your favorite animals?
Wolves, tigers, and foxes.

What came first, the chicken or the egg?
The chicken, according to some British scientists.

What is the motto you like to live by?
“Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is.”

Why did you choose to come to COA?
I didn’t want to sacrifice any ideas.

What do you like to study?
Art and Poetry

Where do you like to study?
Right by the ocean.

Who are your favorite writers and poets?
Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Rumi, Hafiz, Pablo Neruda, John Keats, Naomi Shihab Nye, and Jack Kerouac just to name a few.

Who are your favorite artists and musicians?
Jackson Pollock is my absolute favorite but Klimt and Sargent come at a close second.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Hermione Granger!

What historical figure do you most admire?
Da Vinci or Botticelli

What do you value most in your friends?
Honesty

What do people say is your most marked characteristic?
I’m the mom. As in I protect everyone I care about and make sure that I’m always there for them.

What talent do you wish you had?
I wish I could play guitar.

What is your least favorite spice?
Blandness is pretty bad.

Do you have anything cool or unique you would like to share?
My parents both immigrated from Poland so I’m 1st generation!