Morristown, N.J. (April 18, 2016) – Brigid Rosendale, '16, finds people and how they interact very interesting. For this reason, the Hardyston Township, N.J., resident decided to double major in sociology and psychology.
"I am fascinated by human social patterns, specifically the tendency we have to form groups," Brigid, who will graduate in May, explained. "Where people come from can have such an impact on how they act."
Brigid's senior thesis combines her love of psychology with another significant part of her life, Irish step dance. Entitled "Dance Movement Therapy: A Review of Literature," it explores the benefits of this type of therapy for different psychological problems, especially conditions in older people. Brigid, who has been dancing since the age of four, is passionate about it.
"Being an Irish step dancer has brought me into a small community of people who love it as much as I do," Brigid said. "It has taught me a lot about determination and perseverance."
Additionally, the dance competitions take place all over the world, so Brigid has been exposed to the cultures of many countries, including England, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.
"Traveling has expanded my world knowledge and made me more level-headed."
As for CSE's role in it all, Brigid is very grateful. "I feel comfortable and at home here. I have become more confident in everything that I do."
Although balancing a competitive dance schedule with the time needed to focus on studies isn't always easy, the past four years have left Brigid well-prepared and ready for graduation. In the coming years, she hopes to use her knowledge in sociology and psychology to help children in need, and eventually become a guidance counselor, as well as a dance teacher.
Brigid is a member of the lacrosse team, the student government, and the honors program, but her accomplishments don't end there. Over the years, she has been recognized as a top dancer in the region, as well as in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom as a whole. It goes without saying that she will not be ending her career anytime soon.
Irish step dance has, in a way, proven to be the perfect complement to Brigid's chosen path of study. "When I'm at practice, I love helping and connecting with the younger dancers. I'm so thankful I already get to use what I've learned at CSE."