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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 international students can find current international Swarthmore students on our Ask an International Swattie page.

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Jacqueline Acunto '23

Jacqueline Acunto '23

Jacqueline Acunto ‘23 is from Wyckoff, NJ. She is majoring in economics and double-minoring in theater and mathematics. 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.

Fatima Mar '24

Fatima Mar '24

Fatima Mar ‘24 is from Houston, TX. She is majoring in psychology and criminology. On campus, Fatima serves as a member of the College Judiciary Committee, an admissions tour guide, and is part of the archery club. She also serves as an EMERGE ambassador and SQUAD leader outside of campus. You can connect with Fatima at fmar1@swarthmore.edu.

Andrew Harsh '23

Andrew Harsh '23

Andrew D. Harsh '23 is from New York, NY. He is a math major and educational studies minor who has also taken courses in physics and classical studies. He has been involved in the Swarthmore College Chorus and Garnet Singers, the Swarthmore College Jazz Ensemble, and the Fetter Chamber Music 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 & 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.

Maya Lahiri '24

Maya Lahiri '24

Maya Lahiri ’24 is from Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is a prospective honors economics major and honors Arabic and environmental studies minor. Outside of academics, she serves as president of Deshi (the South Asian club), operations manager for i20 (the international student group), and treasurer of salsa club. She hopes to take advantage of all of the opportunities Swarthmore has to offer including study abroad, alumni career mentorships, 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 geophysics special major with a minor in Greek. She is involved with The Phoenix student newspaper and the quizbowl team. She also works as a physics and astronomy photon (academic peer support) and as a Scott Arboretum garden assistant. “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.

Jimin Lee '24

Jimin Lee '24

Jimin Lee ‘24 is from South Korea and Saudi Arabia. She is double majoring in economics and psychology, studying on the pre-law track. Outside of academics, she is a teaching assistant for ECON 1, a residential advisor, a tour guide, and a member of the pre-law society and i20 (the international student group). You can reach Jimin at jlee16@swarthmore.edu.

Emmy Li '25

Emmy Li '25

Emmy Li ’25 is from Richmond, Virginia. She is a prospective double major in environmental studies and economics. Around campus, she is involved as a tour guide, in Swarthmore Association for Marginalized Students in Economics (SAME), and in taiko (a form of traditional Japanese drumming). She is also a Green Advisor, a member of Campus Coalition Concerning Chester (C-4), and plans to join the Chinese Music Ensemble. “I’m a low income student from a competitive high school and can talk about the differences in culture I feel here at Swarthmore and the supportive resources I’ve found. I also like to spend my time exploring nature, specifically the 200 acre Crum Woods that we have at the edge of campus! Please feel free to reach out to me about anything!” Her email is eli1@swarthmore.edu.

Patrick Li '23

Patrick Li '23

Patrick Li (李贝力) (he/they) ‘23 is from Berwyn, PA. He is pursuing an honors special major in Black studies & education with double minors in religion and psychology. He is the foil captain of the fencing team and plays horn in the College orchestra. He is interested in the intersection of psychiatry, religion, and health equity. He is also a visual and performing artist with experience in oil painting, poetry, and modern/contemporary dance. You can connect with Patrick at pli1@swarthmore.edu.

Zixuan Liu '24

Zixuan Liu '24

Zixuan Liu ‘24 is from Oakland, CA. She is a double-major in astronomy and architectural studies which is a special major that involves art history, studio art, and anthropology/sociology. She is the co-president of Swarthmore Chinese Society (SCS) and is passionate about bridging connections between international Chinese students and Chinese American students. She also runs the architecture club and works at the Media Center and the List Gallery as a student assistant while being very involved in the Physics & Astronomy Department. “I grew up in China and would be more than happy to chat about my experiences as a First-Generation/Low-Income student in the international/ immigrant community. Please also reach out if you want to hear more about the intersection of art & astronomy!” 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 mathematics major with emphasis in statistics. He also has minors in biology and computer science. At Swarthmore, he serves on the First-generation, Low Income (FLI) Council, QuestBridge Board, student government, and as a Student Academic Mentor. He also participates in ENLACE (a Latinx/Hispanic student organization), Swarthmore Queer Union, the outdoors club, and has conducted biology and mathematics research. “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.

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 in Spring 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.

Darid Prom '24

Darid Prom ‘24 is from Philadelphia, PA, majoring in economics and medical anthropology. Darid is a proud first-generation Cambodian queer immigrant whose involvement on campus is centered around the inclusion and visibility of marginalized students. He is involved in the Swarthmore Queer Union, the Sexual Health Advocate Program (SHA), a Student Academic Mentor (SAM), an intern at the Office of Student Engagement, and a President Sustainability Research Fellow; he is also a student researcher! Darid is happy to discuss his experiences at Swarthmore. Reach out and connect with Darid at sprom1@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.

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. Outside of academics, she is involved in 3 off-campus internships where she works in social justice roles. On campus, she is a political science research assistant, a TA for the Anthropology Department, and a leader for a political discussions club. She is also captain of the squash team and dabbles in the tennis club. You might find her around the Admissions Office as a head tour guide, an Admissions Fellow, or helping out with campus Information Sessions. “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.

Nora Sweeney '24

Nora Sweeney '24

Nora Sweeney ‘24 is from Washington, DC. She is pursuing an honors major in peace and conflict studies and an honors minor in sociology and anthropology. She has been a part of the Green Advisor program with the Office of Sustainability, a member of the Warmothers Ultimate Frisbee team, and a research assistant in the Sociology Department. She’s also been involved on hiring committees for professors, and is happy to talk about engagement within and around academics. Nora is planning to study abroad in Belfast in Fall 2022 and you can reach her at nsweene1@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 departments 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.

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