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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.


Michael Alonzo

Michael Alonzo '22 is from Princeton, NJ. He is a prospective Economics major planning to pursue medical school after Swarthmore. Outside of the classroom, he is a captain on the Swarthmore Men’s Rugby team and a newly-elected at-large Senator in the Student Government Organization. Michael is also planning to study abroad in France as a Junior. “I love getting involved with many different aspects of campus life and am happy to answer questions about Swarthmore and my experience.” His email address is:

Janet Barkdoll

Janet Barkdoll '22 is from Middlebury, VT. She is a prospective Mathematics major exploring the possibility of double-majoring or minoring in Studio Art or Computer Science. Beyond academics, Janet serves on the board of Women+ in Mathematics and Statistics student organization, tutors her peers in Computer Science, and will welcome new Swatties to campus as a member of the Orientation Committee this 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 a prospective Economics major and French minor, working with Swarthmore’s Pre-Health Advisor to prepare for medical school. She plans to study abroad during her time at Swarthmore. “Aside from academics, I enjoy spending my free time dancing or hanging out in the Black Cultural Center-- I’m an avid dancer and part of the Swarthmore African-American Student Society.” Her email address is:

Erik Stancofski

Erik Stancofski '21 is from Lewes, DE. His major is currently undecided, but he plans to pursue pre-med, and study either Spanish or Arabic as a minor. "Coming from a smaller community to Swarthmore isn't much of a change because I'm used to knowing most of the people in my town, and after a certain amount of time at Swarthmore, you will get to know most of the students and faculty here. It's a very close-knit community, similar to my hometown of Lewes, DE." Outside the classroom, Erik is a member of the Swarthmore Health Society and the Men's Lacrosse team. His email address is:

Skylar Thoma

Skylar Thoma '21 is from Oakland, CA. He is special major in Education and Political Science, minoring in Computer Science. “My career interest are somewhere between becoming an history teacher and U.S. senator, so...I don’t really know yet. Instead, I’m throwing myself into student activities, like running the Psi Phi (science fiction) club, participating in theater productions, taking kickboxing classes, and volunteering with the Chester Youth Court program. I love to talk about martial arts, restorative justice, and any good book/movie ever!” His email address is:

Edward Tranter

Edward Tranter '22 is from Cambridge, England. He is working towards a special major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, as well as a second major in Peace & Conflict Studies. “When I'm not in class, I spend my time being the operations manager for i20, the international students club (and the largest club on campus). I am also a proud member of the Swarthmore International Relations club, and as a financially aided international student, I know all about transitioning into college life. Please email me if I can help in any way!" His email address is: