Ask a Transfer Swattie

Jacob Gichan

Jacob Gichan, ‘18, is from Flemington, New Jersey. He transferred from Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Jacob is a double major in Mathematics with a concentration in Statistics and Classical Studies. His email is

Outside of the classroom, Jacob plays violin in the orchestra and in a chamber group. This past summer, he was a Public Policy Intern at the Committee of Seventy in Philadelphia where he conducted research on campaign finance reform in Pennsylvania.

"I chose Swarthmore because of the strength of its academics and the opportunities it would provide. The people are great and were incredibly welcoming to when I transferred."

Patrick Houston

Patrick Houston, '17, is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He transferred from the Community College of Philadelphia, where he was a Liberal Arts Major. Patrick is a Political Science and Environmental Policy special major. His email is

"Beyond the classroom, I work as the Co-President of the Achieving Black and Latino Leadership and Excellence (ABLLE) campus group. I work to help improve the academic, social, and professional experiences of Black and Latino males on campus, build mutually beneficial relationships between ABLLE and various other campus groups, and frequently engage with youngsters from the Chester community at the College Access Center. I also enjoy routine physical fitness which for me provides a crucial balance to Swarthmore's academic rigor."

Cynthia Siego

Cynthia Siego, '17, is from Jakarta, Indonesia. She transferred from Foothill College, a two-year college in Los Altos, California. Cynthia is an Honors Psychology major and Biology minor. Her email is

"I'm interested in WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) issues in Indonesia. I've been working with people in a village near Kefamenanu (NTT, Indonesia) to make sure that they have access to clean water. I'm hoping to expand our collaboration to cover the sanitation and hygiene practices in here. With the help from Lang Center, I was able to improve my skill set by interning with UNICEF WASH Indonesia. I learned about the current approaches taken to solve these issues; besides, I also connected with lots of people who are working on these same issues. Outside of class time, I'm involved in Prof. Stella Christie's lab. I'm interested in learning about how children learn and teach--in particular, what kind of information do children use to learn/teach. I'm also active in helping out with a nutrition project in a clinic in Guatemala."

Kemmer Cope

Kemmer Cope, '17, is from Lake Bluff, Illinois. She transferred from Lake Forest College after spending time at Vanderbilt University. Kemmer is a Film and Media Studies major with an English Literature minor. Her email is

Kemmer is involved in Grapevine, an a cappella group on campus, as well as Ultimate Frisbee and working at Underhill, the "best library on campus," she says.