Lily Austin '15
Hometown: Springfield, PA
Major/Minor: Possible Special in Neuroscience
Swarthmore Christian Fellowship, swimming, Random Acts of Kindness Club, working on campus as a lifeguard and at the library, and many more to come! (including the Student Run Emergency Housing Unit Project in Center City--will join that officially next week and hopefully be on a committee)
Finding balance, mentoring students, hanging out with my 7 year old sister, being active in a nurturing community, becoming involved in a College Committee at Swarthmore, and City Year (organization I worked with last year during my gap year).
When I visited I discovered that the vibe of this small community feels great! I realized I would flourish here and cultivate relationships with amazing people. I only applied to one school....so I may be atypical but the feeling I got when I came to campus really sold me.
A tie between Intro to Psychology and Intro to Education
Remarks on Swatties:
Individuality is a premium here and there are lots of genuinely nice people who love to share their passions with you.
How cool the brain is and what people are discovering about it! That a cat lives on campus and is very selective in who he makes friends with, that my Professors here are really nice and caring, that there are TONS of resources for academic support, and that collaboration really is a part of the student culture! So different from my high school.
Favorite place on campus:
The Rose Garden. It's just awesome to sit in halfway during your day and relax. And the courtyard by the Intercultural Center next to Tarble. It's so pretty to sit in!
Something you feel really passionate about:
That every child deserves a fabulous education and mentorship growing up, and figuring out better ways to provide this. Being a good sister to my 7 year old sister.
Post Swat Plans:
Post-Swat? Yeah, right. No idea! If I had the money, I would travel the world. More likely, I"ll work for a year or two before getting a graduate degree.