Scott Storm '08
Honors English and Education
"When I came here, I didn't know I was from a working-class background. I'm from a rural, Pennsylvania-Dutch area, and back home, everyone is of a similar social class. It was a culture shock for me to be here, but eventually I learned how to navigate it, and how to adjust when I returned home.
"Seeing my own cultural conflicts, I wanted to learn how could I help others with similar issues. As an RA, one major goal is to help people make the transition to college and to help them have an easier time.
"It's also important for me to have students engaged in discourses about social class. It infuses my work as an RA. The Mary Lyon diversity workshop-conversation series, for example, came from the question of how to deal with diversity issues in a dorm setting. I'm inspired by the work Darryl does. It's important to promote social justice.
"I've always been in love with this place. I wanted a place that valued learning and that would be accepting of all peoples, a place that would treat me as a person, where learning spills over into all things. Swarthmore is definitely all that."