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My Swat Story

Swarthmore’s students bring a wide array of experiences and perspectives to campus and each one has their own "Swat Story" to share.

Read more about why these six students chose Swarthmore and what it means to be a member of the College community:

    Olivia Vasquez Ponce

    "I was looking for places that would foster and support the community work that I've done and also had the same values I did. I heard about Swarthmore by hosting their interns and they were all very passionate about social justice," says Olivia Vasquez Ponce '21.

    Luke Neureiter

    "The community that you could build here and the people you interact with daily were things that you couldn't really find a lot of other places," says Luke Neureiter '22.

    Fouad Dakwar

    "Putting together my own rock opera, "Radium Girls", was a collaborative process, which is one of the things I love most about producing musical theater at Swarthmore," says Fouad Dakwar '22.

    Lamia Makkar

    "There is a big African student association, a big international student community and a growing Middle Eastern student population. So I feel in between all of those; I get to be the different versions of myself," says Lamia Makkar '21.

    Kali Blain

    "As soon as I got on campus, I knew I was going to come to Swarthmore. I thought, 'You can go home and just leave me here'" says Kali Blain '22.

    Gidon Kaimner

    "At Swarthmore, it is literally so easy to get involved in stuff you just walk into the room and immediately you feel engaged and valued. I don't really know when ever again in my life I'm going to be in a setting like this, which is why it's really special," says Gidon Kaminer '22.


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