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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.

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Jacqueline Acunto '23

Jacqueline Acunto '23

Jacqueline Acunto ‘23 is from Wyckoff, NJ. She is a prospective double-major in Theater and Economics. On campus, Jacqueline is involved with the Swarthmore Christian Fellowship, works various part-time jobs, and dances (mainly ballet). “Although I’m not pursuing a degree in dance, I’ve been very involved in the dance department and concerts, so I can definitely answer questions for anyone who is interested in that." Her email address is jacunto1@swarthmore.edu.

Janet Barkdoll '22

Janet Barkdoll '22

Janet Barkdoll '22 is from Shoreham, VT. She is pursuing a double major in Mathematics and 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: jbarkdo1@swarthmore.edu.

Emma Dulski '22

Emma Dulski '22

Emma Dulski ‘22 is from Palo Alto, CA. She is studying Peace and Conflict Studies and Dance. Around campus, she is a part of Students for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and is doing an engaged scholarship project building a curriculum about environmental justice for an after-school program in nearby Chester, PA. She is planning to study abroad next fall in Chile, Nepal, and Jordan. Emma's email address is edulski1@swarthmore.edu.

Andrew Harsh '23

Andrew Harsh '23

Andrew Harsh ‘23 is from New York, NY. He is a prospective Mathematics, Educational Studies and Greek or Latin major. He is involved in Swarthmore's Jazz Ensemble and Fetter Chamber Music Program, and serves as manager for the no. 1 nationally-ranked Men’s Basketball program. Andrew's email address is aharsh1@swarthmore.edu.

Ramiro Hernandez '23

Ramiro Hernandez '23

Ramiro Hernandez ‘23 is from Hidalgo, TX. He intends to double special major in Peace and Conflict Studies, Educational Studies, and Medical Anthropology. He is involved with the QuestBridge network, ENLACE, the Swarthmore Queer Union, the Petey Greene Program, and Swarthmore's Student Government Organization. “Always happy to share my experience navigating Swarthmore as a first-gen, low-income student." You can connect with Ramiro at rhernan4@swarthmore.edu.

Shaadiin King ‘22

Shaadiin King '22

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.” You can connect with Shaadiin at sking2@swarthmore.edu.

Maya Lahiri '24

Maya Lahiri '24

Maya Lahiri ’24 is from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a prospective Honours Economics major and Honours Arabic and Environmental Studies minor. Outside of academics, she serves as president of Deshi (the South Asian club), operations manager for i20 (the international club), and treasurer of salsa club. She hopes to take advantage of all of the opportunities Swarthmore has to offer including study abroad, externships, and more!  “As a third culture kid (my family is from all over the place - India, Lebanon, and more), I'm happy to discuss being an international student and navigating cultural differences, or really anything at all! Swarthmore is a place with unending support and opportunity, there’s truly something for everyone here.” Reach out to Maya at mlahiri1@swarthmore.edu.

Elena Lee '23

Elena Lee '23

Elena Lee ‘23 is from Portland, OR. She is a prospective Astrophysics major, considering a minor in Greek Philosophy. She is involved with the club fencing team, Swarthmore's archery club, the Quizbowl team; works as a McCabe Library reserve assistant and Scott Arboretum garden assistant; and researches exoplanets with Swarthmore professors at the Peter van de Kamp Observatory. “I am happy to talk about my experience studying a mixture of humanities and natural sciences— or anything at all, of course.” You can connect with Elena at elee8@swarthmore.edu.

Patrick Li '23

Patrick Li '23

Patrick Li ‘23 is from Berwyn, PA. He is a prospective special major in Black Studies and Education and Spanish. He serves as the first-year representative for the Title IX Office, is involved with fencing, chamber music, plays french horn in an orchestra and will try to study abroad in the spring of 2022 in Spain. “I am also premed and affiliated with the List Gallery. Talk to me about art!” Patrick can be reached at pli1@swarthmore.edu.

Zixuan Liu '24

Zixuan Liu '24

Zixuan Liu ‘24 is from Oakland, CA. She is a prospective double-major in Architectural Studies and Astrophysics. She is involved with Swarthmore Chinese Society, Architecture Club, I20; works for the List Gallery, admissions, and the Physics department. “I grew up in China and would be more than happy to talk about my experience as a first-gen, low-income student in the international community. I’m also down to chat about the intersection of Art & Astro anytime!” Connect with Zixuan at zliu4@swarthmore.edu.

Jorge Lopez-Nava '23

Jorge Lopez-Nava '23

Jorge Lopez-Nava ‘23 is from Salisbury, NC. He is a prospective Mathematics major and Chemistry or Computer Science minor. At Swarthmore, he participates in ENLACE (a Latinx/Hispanic student organization), Swarthmore Queer Union, the Outdoors Club, and does biology and mathematics research. He also serves as QuestBridge Treasurer, oSTEM Treasurer, and a Student Academic Mentor. “Welcome to Swat! I am a first-generation, low-income student who applied to Swarthmore through the QuestBridge program. I would be more than happy to talk more about any of my experiences since coming to Swat!” You can reach Jorge at jlopezn1@swarthmore.edu.

Lucia Navarro '23

Lucia Navarro '23

Lucia Navarro ‘23 is from Houston, TX. She is considering majoring in Educational Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Sociology, and/or Psychology. She a member of ENLACE (Swarthmore’s Latinx/Hispanic student organization), Swatties for Immigrant Rights, and the Student Queer Union. “I am a First-generation, low-income student (FLI) and am happy to answer any questions on my experience.” Lucia's email address is lnavarr1@swarthmore.edu.

Kina Nichols '23

Kina Nichols '23

Kina Nichols ‘23 is from Salem, NJ. She is a prospective Psychology major and Educational Studies minor. Around Swarthmore, Kina is involved with Women’s rugby, as well as the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program, Evans Scholars student group, and Swat FLI (First-Generation/Low-Income) Program. “When things get tough, just remember that you don’t have to go through it alone. There are plenty of individuals on campus that care about you and will do anything they can to help you.” Kina’s email is anichol1@swarthmore.edu.

Kayla Nieto '23

Kayla Nieto '23

Kayla Nieto '23 is from New York, NY. She is pursuing an Honors Political Science major and Honors Economics minor. Outside of class, she is involved with ENLACE (Latino Affinity group), Redefine Her Street (Women in Business), Dare2Soar (Tutoring in Chester, PA), and Knitting and Crochet Club. Kayla took a gap semester Spring of 2021, so she can definitely talk about breaks in the educational process or the Honors Program. You can connect with Kayla at knieto1@swarthmore.edu.

Dan Pantini '22

Dan Pantini '22

Dan Pantini ‘22 is from Newport, RI. He is an Honors History major and Honors Religion minor. Around campus, Dan is involved with several programs, including Sync Up for Zero Waste, the Green Advisors, Voices (a student-run media publication), and the Swarthmore History department. He is also considering interning this summer with the Nationalities Services Center in Philadelphia's refugee resettlement unit. Last summer, Dan interned for the Consumer Protection Division of Rhode Island's Attorney General Office, and took first-year Mandarin classes. He was a member of the Swarthmore Israel-Palestine winter break trip, and is planning to go to American University of Beirut in Lebanon during his junior year. “I am a first-generation student, studying the humanities and pursuing Honors. Please feel free to ask any questions about Swat classes, dorms, majors, or student life.” You can reach Dan at dpantin1@swarthmore.edu.

Maya Plotnick '22

Maya Plotnick '22

Maya Plotnick ‘22 is from Chicago, IL. She is majoring in Educational Studies and Music. Outside of the classroom she is involved with Grapevine (Swarthmore's female a capella group), Kehilah (the Jewish student organization), and the Capoeira (Afro-Brazilian martial arts) club and is planning to abroad during the Spring 2021 semester. “I'm happy to answer any Swat-related questions, especially ones about the Music and/or Educational Studies programs. My two instruments are piano and voice, but my focus in college is voice. I also love martial arts - I'm a fourth degree black belt in taekwondo!” You can reach her at mplotni1@swarthmore.edu.

Ashley Pyon '22

Ashley Pyon '22

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: apyon1@swarthmore.edu.

Mikayla Purnell '22

Mikayla Purnell '22

Mikayla Purnell ‘22 is from Newark, DE. She is majoring in Black Studies and Economics. Outside of academics she is involved with the Swarthmore African American Students Society, Up to Us Fiscal Policy, Redefine Her Street (Swarthmore's mentorship group for women interested in pursuing careers in business), serves with the Diversity Peer Advisors, and is a member of the OASiS spoken word poetry club. “I plan to do a comparative program the fall of my junior year which will go to Senegal, France, Brazil, and D.C. I love talking to people about Delaware! I also am very much in the know about black student life, and ways to really leverage resources on campus.” Learn more from Mikayla at mpurnel1@swarthmore.edu.

Belle Romea '24

Belle Romea '24

Belle Romea '24 is from Haddon Township, NJ. She is a prospective Computer Science major with interests in Education and Chemistry. On campus she is a member of the Student Life Committee with Dean Jim Terhune. She also is a Dare2Soar tutor in Chester, PA. She is also a member of Launchdeck, Swarthmore's largest technology and entrepreneurship club. Her email is iromea1@swarthmore.edu.

Norika Saah '22

Norika Saah '22

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 nsaah1@swarthmore.edu.

Omar Saleh '22

Omar Saleh '22

Omar Saleh '22 is from Bchamoun, Lebanon. He is double majoring in Chemistry and Dance and is on the Pre-Med track. On campus, he is a chemistry student research assistant in the Graves Lab; a chemistry, physics, and Arabic TA and tutor; a Dare2Soar tutor; a library assistant; and a tour guide. Omar is also on the executive board of Swarthmore's chapter of Doctors without Borders, and the Pride Planning Committee. He also just started a Drag Club on campus.  “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: osaleh1@swarthmore.edu.

Paris Shan '23

Paris Shan '23

Paris Shan ‘23 is from Vancouver, Canada. She is a Political Science major with a double minor in Peace & Conflict Studies and Psychology, studying on the pre-law track. On campus, she is president of the international students organization, a head tour guide, and captain of the squash and tennis clubs. “I am very involved in the international students community and would be happy to share more about what it is like to be an international student studying in the U.S” Connect with Paris at pshan1@swarthmore.edu.

Blaine Thomas '24

Blaine Thomas '24

Blaine Thomas ‘24 is from Salt Lake City, Utah. She is a prospective Political Science major and French minor. At Swarthmore, Blaine is involved in the Mock Trial club, serves as a SHA (sexual health advocate), a tour guide, and is involved in the Swarthmore African American Student Society. “I plan to study abroad in Switzerland for international relations and French and would be more than happy to talk about the French and Political Science department at Swat! Don’t hesitate to contact me about Swat life in general”. Blaine can be reached at bthomas1@swarthmore.edu.

Abel Zeng ‘23

Abel Zeng '23

Abel Zeng ‘23 is from Brooklyn, NY. She is double majoring in Linguistics and Educational Studies. Outside of the classroom, she is a member of the Warmothers (the womxn’s Ultimate Frisbee team). Abel is planning to study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark next fall. “I love walking and exploring so I could answer questions about what there is to do/see around Swarthmore.” Her email address is: azeng1@swarthmore.edu

Sarah Berns-Zieve '23

Sarah Berns-Zieve '23

Sarah Berns-Zieve ‘23 is from Baltimore, MD. She is undecided on her major, but plans to study within the Humanities, including Dance. She is involved with the Swarthmore Dance Collective and plans to study abroad. “I went to an arts high school without sports, so I come from a different culture than Swat and can talk about those differences.” You can learn more from Sarah at sbernsz1@swarthmore.edu.