Story by Emma Fox, ‘22
Photo by Liam McGurl, '17, '19
Meet Victoria “Tori” Wangler, 21’. A sophomore at St. Bonaventure from Honeoye Falls, N.Y., Wangler is currently a double major in professional creative writing and English, as well as a Spanish minor. She is also considering a minor in marketing. Being a triplet belonging to a pair of Bona alumni, Wangler has found herself perfectly at home at Bonaventure. Currently, she works for both the university’s English department and the Laurel, which is the country’s oldest student-run and continuously published college literary magazine.
Q. How have your courses been?
A. “They’ve been really good. I’ve enjoyed all my classes so far; Spanish has been the most difficult, being a different language, but writing is something that I just love. Any of the writing classes qualify as my favorites. They are challenging, but in an inviting and intriguing way. Professors are always around to give a balance of constructive criticism and encouragement; I couldn’t ask for more than that.”
Q. Do you do a lot of writing outside of work and academics?
A. "I don’t necessarily have to wait until I’m out of class to express myself. Of course, there are assignments with a strict rubric that must be followed, but there is a great mix of creative writing too, where I might be given a prompt and asked to write a general piece."
Q. Which professors would you say inspire you the most?
A.“There’s so many! Any professors in the English department, but I’ll just pick two for now. Dr. Megan Walsh, who is my boss, is a big role model for me for her research. Then there’s Dr. Matt King, one of the most compassionate professors I have ever met and someone who sets a great example as a person and writer. I won’t go on but— just anyone in the English department! I know they all care for me and want me to do well.”
Q. How did you make your decision to come to Bona's?
A. “Besides the support I was getting so early on from the English department, financial aid helped a lot. I am a triplet, so while I was looking into university so were my other two sisters. St. Bonaventure had everything I wanted and provided me with enough support to attend. Money was a big concern, but I received the Friars Scholarship and a few grants from the university. The only reason my sisters and I were able to go to the schools that we chose was because of the generosity. If it wasn’t for that, I wouldn’t be here.”
Q. Are you involved with any other activities or groups around campus?
A. “Running Club is a big one for me. I did a lot of sports in high school so continuing here is great. I’m also a part of Craft Club and Astronomy Club, and the choir. I love being around people who are passionate about their interests, so I try everything to see what’s around.”
Q. What opportunities has Bonaventure offered you that have stood out?
A. “Last March the Franciscan Center for Social Concern provided a bus to the March for Our Lives gun awareness event down in Washington D.C. That was an incredible experience, tens of thousands of people were there, and so was Bonaventure! We met up at a friary and met different students from other Franciscan schools. It was the first big event like that I have been to, and I’m grateful for the experience and the friends I made! Just being at Bona's has allowed me to transform into a new person, someone that I am very proud of.”
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