Ask a Swattie

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Want to learn more about Swarthmore by speaking directly with a current student? You can email a student to find out what it's like to live and learn in our inspiring campus community. (If you're a transfer student, check out Ask a Swattie: Transfer Edition.) In addition, be sure to check out our student blog, SwatStories

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Lelosa Aimufua

Lelosa Aimufua ‘20 is from Los Angeles, CA. She is a prospective Political Science major. “I'm a first year from Los Angeles California, who came in as a Biology major and is currently undecided. I'm leaning more towards the social sciences, such as political science, education, and sociology/anthropology. I'm a member of the women's varsity volleyball team, SASS, and SASA. In the coming year I hope to get more involved on the campus I proudly call 'home.'” Her email address is:

Judy Al

Judy Al ‘19 is from Toronto, Canada. She is a Honors Chemistry major with a minor in Honors Political Science. “I began my first research experience this past summer in the Swarthmore Chemistry department, looking at the phenomenon of quorum sensing. In addition to working as a researcher throughout the year, I also hold a job with the Math department as a grader. Outside of academics, I am the treasurer for Global Health Forum, and have also been involved with the Swarthmore Women's Ultimate Team.” Her email address is:

Celine Anderson

Celine Anderson ‘19 is from Roanoke, VA. She is a Sociology & Anthropology major and History minor. “When I'm not in class, I spend my time running SSUCC, the Swarthmore Stand Up Comedy Club, and participating on the board for WOCKA (Women of Color Keep Achieving). I am also a proud member of AMENA (Arab, Middle Eastern, North African Students Organization) as well as SASS (Swarthmore African American Student Society). Shoot me an email if you have any questions about anything at all!” Her email address is:

Jen Beltran

Jen Beltran '18 is from Ontario, CA. She is a double major in Economics and Spanish. Outside the classroom, Jen participates in indoor and outdoor track and field, and is a Diversity Peer Advisor, van driver, Spanish tutor, Quest Scholars treasurer. She also is involved in ENLACE, a Latino/a student organization. Her email address is:

Guillermo Barreto Corona

Guillermo Barreto Corona ‘19 is from Bellevue, WA. He is a double major in Biology and Computer Science. “Last summer I had the opportunity to work in the Biology department on research about the functions of novel proteins in sea anemone. Outside of class and research, I create art in the forms of drawing and photography. I’m on the board of Swarthmore Organization of Low-Income Students (SOLIS), am a Diversity Peer Advisor, and am a member of a lot of other groups in the Intercultural Center. Doing research within the Biology Department and presenting it here and at conferences has allowed me to discover a passion in Computational Biology, which I will hopefully pursue in graduate school at some point in my life.” His email address is:

Sydney Covitz

Sydney Covitz ‘20 is from Washington, D.C. and has not declared a major yet.  She is a prospective Computer Science and English double major. “I play on the Women's Varsity Soccer team and run Indoor Track here at Swat. I also write an Opinions column for The Phoenix, which has been an amazing experience so far.  My favorite part about Swarthmore is that in every setting, you will meet and become friends with so many different and interesting people.” Her email address is:

Rebecca Ford

Rebecca Ford ‘19 is from Baldwin (Long Island), NY. She is a Linguistics major and a Philosophy minor. “I am Feeder of the Flame (Treasurer) of PhiRo, which is the bonfire club on campus. I am also a member of the Chorus and Select Chorus where I sing Alto and Tenor, and belong to an array of cultural groups here. I love being part of the small community Swarthmore provides as it gives me more of an opportunity to become much closer with my peers and instructors.” Her email address is:

Gil Guerra

Gil Guerra Guerra ‘19 is from Forrest County, MS. He is an honors Political Science major and an honors Philosophy minor. "Here on campus I am president of the Swarthmore Conservative Society, co-chair for the American Enterprise Institute at Swarthmore exec board, intern for our Center of Innovation and Leadership, and am active in Catholic life. Looking forward to your questions!" Gil's email address is:

Kelly Hernandez

Kelly Hernandez '18 is from Mid-City, Los Angeles, CA. Kelly is a double major in Art and Biology & Education (special major). Her email address is:

"I am currently doing research in the Biology department and am looking at the effect of endosymbiotic algae movement when a certain protein (collagen) in sea anemones is denatured. In addition to research, my other campus jobs are as a Writing Associate and the trip coordinator for Pericles Powerpush (a Lang-funded group that promotes solidarity between students and people affected by fossil fuel extraction). I am also an active member of the Newman Catholic Center, Kappa Alpha Theta, the IC-BCC Coalition (a group demanding administrative support and visibility for marginalized groups on campus), and the marketing officer for Swarthmore's QuestBridge Chapter (a national low-income scholar network)."

Tiauna Lewis

Tiauna Lewis ‘19 is from Lincoln, NE. She is a history major with a minor in Black Studies. “I am a QuestBridge scholar and a Mellon Mays fellow. My primary interests are African history and Arabic language and literatures. I am a First-In-Family Programming Intern and a librarian at McCabe Library. I participate in OASIS, our spoken word collective, as well as the Swarthmore gospel choir. I am constantly reflecting on life as a first-generation college student, low-income, person of color here at Swarthmore, a place I love and care deeply about.” Her email address is:

Matt Palmer

Matt Palmer ‘18 is from Asheville, NC. He is a Honors Physics major and an Honors Economics minor. “I play baseball for the college as a middle infielder. It's a huge part of my life and I consider my teammates to be my family away from home. When I'm not in class or on the field, I serve as an Admissions Fellow and a Student Academic Mentor (or SAM for short). It's our job as SAMs to assist our peers with all of their academic needs, from registering for classes to communicating with professors. I also love to cook, read, and exercise for fun!" His email address is:

Clarissa Phillips

Clarissa Phillips ‘19 is from Watertown, MA. She is a prospective course major in Sociology & Anthropology with course minors in Computer Science and Psychology. “I've spent my time at Swat thus far pursuing every avenue of interest that is available to me. I've taken everything from Lighting Design in the Theatre department to Intro to Cognitive Science. When I'm not diving deeper into my studies I am probably singing with Offbeat, the college's newest a cappella group, the College Chorus or the Garnet Singers. I also work as a grill cook and server at Sharples, as well as a Student Shuttle Driver. I truly believe in getting the most out of your liberal arts experience and exploring everything and anything that interests you. If you are worried about choosing an academic path, or just want to know more about the different kinds subjects available to you feel free to contact me!” Her email address is:

Jordan Reyes

Jordan Reyes ‘19 is from El Paso, TX. He is a double course major in Biology and Sociology & Anthropology. “I have done research in the neurobiology lab looking at the effects environmental modulators have on female drosophila sexual receptivity. Outside of the classroom, I am on the varsity men's track team, I’m a tour guide, and I have a radio show. Also, I am on the board of a new social organizing group on campus called NuWave that's dedicated to creating safe, inclusive, and consent mandating spaces on campus.” His email address is:

Anna Scheibmeir

Anna Scheibmeir ‘18 is from Centralia, WA. She is a Honors Political Science major and a course Psychology major with an Honors minor in Psychology minor. “I am a political nerd fascinated by the intersection of political science and psychology - hence my double major in those two areas. I spent summer '16 working for Congressman Denny Heck on Capitol Hill and fall '16 studying abroad at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. I conducted research through the Psychology department studying perceptual biases in children and I am planning to participate in further research in political psychology. Outside of the classroom I am a member of the women's varsity tennis team and have been involved with some of our dance groups and productions on campus. I also work for the admissions office as a head tour guide and I am a member of the Student Access Advisory Board.” Her email address is: Ask a Swattie Question.