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Ask a Swattie

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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. Prospective transfer students can find current Swarthmore students who transferred to Swarthmore on our Ask a Transfer Swattie page.

Ask a Swattie

Jenna Takach ’24

Jenna Takach ’24

Jenna Takach ’24 (she/they) is a first-gen student from San Antonio, TX. Contrary to the amount of time she spends in the performing arts buildings, she's actually a psychology major with minors in dance and music. On campus, they work as a Student Academic Mentor, Student Wellness Educator, and TA for the Music Department (also known as Supertonics). Her extracurricular interests include Latin ballroom and Flamenco, embroidery, and choral conducting. Ask Jenna anything about Anglican church music or study abroad, and she'll talk your ear off.

Jimin Lee smiles at the camera.

Jimin Lee ’24

Jimin Lee ’24 was born in South Korea and grew up in Saudi Arabia. She is a psychology major and educational studies minor, studying on the pre-law track. Outside of academics, she is a Head Tour Guide, a research assistant in the Educational Studies Department, and a Resident Advisor.

Sander Simon ’26

Sander Simon ’26

Sander Simon ’26 is a hometown resident of Swarthmore, PA. He is a biology major with a Spanish minor. Outside of academics, Sander participates in the Good Food Garden club, does various cooking activities on campus, and spends time with the German club. He is also an avid singer in Chorus and takes voice lessons with the college as well. He is always excited to answer any questions you might have!

Emmy Li ’25

Emmy Li ’25

Emmy Li ’25 is from Richmond, Virginia. She is a double major in economics and created a special major in environmental governance and policy. Around campus, she is a tour guide, Green Advisor, student researcher, on the board for FLI Council, and in taiko (a form of traditional Japanese drumming). “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, especially in Crum Woods."

Yiyang (Iver) Jiang ’26

Yiyang (Iver) Jiang ’26

Yiyang (Iver) Jiang ’26 is from Tianjin, China but has spent his high school years in the suburbs of Chicago, IL. He is pursuing a honors major in economics and a course major in computer science. Outside of academics, he is the co-president of the Swarthmore Chinese Society (SCS) where he helps organize cultural affinity events, festival celebrations and monthly dinners on and off campus. He is also a seasonal worker for the sustainability office. “Originally a member of the Class of 2024 and an intended history and bio double major, I took two years off during the COVID-19 pandemic. After my return to Swarthmore, I found my passion in the fields of economics and computer science and experienced a change in my academic direction. I am more than happy to talk about my experiences in Swarthmore, about my leave of absence, and how I explored my interests here.”

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.

Curious about engineering? Prospective students can reach out to current Engineering students through the Engineering Department.