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Want to learn more about Swarthmore by speaking directly with a current student? We encourage you to reach out to these Swatties ​to hear about their experiences. Prospective transfer students can find Swarthmore students who transferred from another school on our Ask a Transfer Swattie page.


Shaadiin King

Shaadiin King '22 is from Rio Rancho, NM. She is a Prospective Double Major in Educational Studies and Chemistry. At Swarthmore she is involved with many activities on campus including SISA, Dare2Soar, Salsa Club, Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program and is a Tour Guide. “I would like to study abroad but I don’t know when or where. I am Navajo and I came into the College as an Engineering major so I can share my experience in that.” Her email address is:

Oswaldo Morales Solorzano

Oswaldo Morales Solorzano '21 is from Reno, NV. He is majoring in Engineering & Environmental Studies. Outside of the classroom, Oswaldo is a President's Sustainability Research Fellow, plays the bass clarinet for wind ensemble, serves as President of Swatties for Immigrants Rights, acts in the improv comedy group Vertigo-Go, and works in student theater productions. “I am a first generation, low-income student. I am also a DACA recipient so I can answer any questions about undocumented/DACA resources at Swarthmore. I can also speak a lot to the engineering department at Swat.” You can connect with Oswaldo at:

Omar Saleh

Omar Saleh '22 is from Bchamoun, Lebanon. He is a prospective Chemistry and Dance double major on a pre-med track. On campus, He is a chemistry student research assistant, a chemistry and Arabic tutor and TA, on the executive board of Swarthmore's chapter of Doctors without Borders, a Library assistant, and a tour guide am also on the executive. “Additionally, I do a lot of ballet and theater on campus and am a first generation, low income international student from Lebanon.” You can reach Omar at:

Skylar Thoma

Skylar Thoma '21 is from Oakland, CA. He is doing a special major in Education & Political Science and Computer Science. Outside of schoolwork he is in the Psi Phi science fiction and fantasy club, does student theater, kickboxing, and supports local Youth Courts. He also notes that “I studied abroad in South Africa during the Spring 2020 semester.” Please email Skylar at:

Janet Barkdoll

Janet Barkdoll '22 is from Middlebury, VT. She is pursuing an honors major in Mathematics, with a course major and honors minor in Studio Art. Beyond academics, Janet serves on the board of Women+ in Mathematics and Statistics student organization, works as a gardener on campus, and helped welcome new Swatties to campus as a member of the Orientation Committee this past fall. “I am from a rural, agricultural background and community and have experience navigating student support services and the Worth Health Center at Swarthmore. If you have questions, I am happy to share my experiences.” Her email address is:

Tara Cannon

Tara Cannon ‘20 is from Milton, DE. She is a special major in Medical Anthropology with a minor in Spanish. "Being from a fairly small and rural part of Southern Delaware, I pretty much knew most people from both my town and the neighboring towns, and they knew who I was. While I feel like transitioning to Swarthmore was basically like moving to yet another small community, at first, nobody here knew me, and in a lot of ways, this was both exciting and terrifying. I felt as though I could grow as a person independently, but no longer had the comfort of familiarity with those around me. Swarthmore has allowed me to realize who I am and how I can help my community both on and off campus." Outside the classroom, Tara is a Green Advisor, a member of the Title IX student team, and is on the Women's Lacrosse team. Her email address is:

Jack McManus

Jack McManus '21 is from Honolulu, HI. He is pursuing an honors major in Theater, with a course major and honors minor in Political Science. Jack is a member of the Swarthmore Queer Union, the sketch comedy group Boy Meets Tractor, and the student Drama Board. His email address is:

David Amadeus Melo

David Amadeus Melo '22 is from The Bronx, NY. He is a double-major in Computer Science and Theater. Outside of the classroom, David serves as Co-President of ENLACE (Swarthmore’s Latinx/Hispanic student organization) and Secretary for Rhythm N’ Motion (a tri-college dance company that includes students from Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges). He also works on campus at the student-run Crumb Cafe and in the Admissions Office, and participates in many on-campus productions. His email address is:

Ashley Pyon

Ashley Pyon '22 is from Garnet Valley, PA. She is currently undecided in her major, but has so far been exploring her many academic interests, including Mathematics and Psychology. Ashley is a member of the Women’s Lacrosse team and several clubs on campus: Garnet Go Green (an organization for sustainability in athletics), UNICEF, and HAN (Swarthmore’s Korean culture club). Her email address is:

Daniel Quintans

Daniel Quintans '21 is from Havana, Cuba. He is pursuing a double-major in Engineering and Computer Science. Says Daniel: "I am the first in my family to leave Cuba and attend college in another country. I have been very involved with the performing arts on campus, which says a lot about the liberal arts experience, considering my major interests. I also appreciate that Swarthmore has allowed me to participate in and create my own stage performances (he coordinated and directed two student group showcases in 2019)." Daniel is a Stage Manager at Swarthmore and works on campus in the Admissions Office as a Multicultural Recruitment Intern. He is happy to answer questions in English or Spanish; his email address is

Josephine Ross

Josephine Ross '21 is from Excelsior, MN. She is a prospective double-major in Theater and a special major in Educational Studies and English Literature, and is pursuing Honors. "Outside of academics, I participate in both department- and student-led productions and serve as the Co-Coordinator of Drama Board, a student-led executive board that oversees the selection and production of on-campus shows and festivals." Josephine also sings in several music groups—including the Fetter Chamber Music group, student and faculty Chorus, and the Garnet Singers—and is involved in improvisational and stand-up comedy clubs at Swarthmore. Her email address is:

Norika Saah

Norika Saah '22 is from Havre de Grace, MD. She is an Economics major and French minor. "Aside from academics, I enjoy spending my free time dancing or hanging out in the Black Cultural Center — I'm an avid dancer and treasurer of the Swarthmore African Student Association." Norika is also a student leader for the Title IX Office and Outreach Coordinator for the dance group Sankofa. Her email address is: