Cindy Fiorini


"I moved here a few years ago to be near my elderly parents. I have a fine arts degree from Kent State University, and I spent a number of years in France studying and working in painting conservation.

In 2007 I came back to the States, and through connections I have in the art world I was able to work on art conservation projects in Pittsburgh. It’s difficult to find that sort of work here but I had an epiphany that I wanted to dig in deeper (no pun intended!) to explore my love of anthropology and archaeology. I looked into what was offered here in hopes of gaining some foundation classes before transferring to the Master’s program at the University at Albany and I was so impressed to find out SUNY Adirondack had such a strong anthropology program.

You can’t beat what is offered here, I’m paying a minimal amount of money for the quality of classes that I’m receiving.

I am signed up to do the dig this July with Dr. Starbuck, which will be my first experience in the field. I feel really lucky to be here at this point in my life, pursuing what I love and that it’s so close to where I need to be. I hope to go back to Europe in the future and continue discovering the past. Professor Haskins has so many first-hand connections, not just locally but internationally as well, which is such an invaluable resource.

College is what you make of it, soak it all up, use this time as your launching pad."

Cindy Fiorini
Saratoga Springs, NY