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Student Academic Mentors (SAMs)

SAMs smiling at event

What's a SAM?

Student Academic Mentors (SAMs) are sophomores, juniors, and seniors specially selected and trained to work with students on the development of skills necessary for academic success at Swarthmore such as time management, organization, study strategies, and reading techniques.

SAMs draw on their personal experiences as well as their training to mentor peers. During the first few weeks of school, SAMs are invaluable in helping first-year students access all the resources available on campus.

Any student may work with a SAM at any time.  A list of SAMs and their academic specializations is below for your reference.  Reach out to them directly with your questions or you can also email to be put in touch with a SAM.

First Name

Last Name

Grad Year


Academic interests

Jacqueline Acunto 2023 Dwell Theater, Economics, Math
Tolga Atabas 2023 Mertz/Roberts Arabic, Math
Lucy Atkinson 2022 Parrish Classics, Engineering
Luke Bastiaansen 2023 David Kemp/Strath Haven Psychology, Cognitive Science, Black Studies
Veronica Bochenek 2022 Alice Paul Biology, Environmental Studies
Bethany Bronkema 2022 Wharton Engineering, Environmental Studies
Gabby Cosey 2023 Willets Sociology, Economics
Shay Downey 2022 Wharton/Kyle/Woolman Theater, Cognitive Science
Nelson Dufitimana 2024 BCC Economics, Computer Science
Sherry Huang 2023 David Kemp/Strath Haven Math, Computer Science
Yiying Jiang 2022 Hallowell/Transfer Student SAM Linguistics, Economics
Iyinoluwa Ogunyinka 2023 Wharton Psychology, Educational Studies
Samantha Ortiz-Clark 2022 Alice Paul Spanish, Political Science
Yashvi Patel 2024 Willets Physics, Mathematics
Andres Perez Correa 2022 Parrish Art, Spanish
Darid Prom 2024 Mary Lyon Economics, Public Health
Katherine Reeves 2022 Wharton Art History, Political Science
Tarang Saluja 2023 Mary Lyon Philosophy, Computer Science, Math
Laura Strachan 2024 Dwell Psychology, Biology, Computer Science
Janet Suarez 2024 Willets Psychology, Spanish
Fourth Sukprawit 2023 Wharton Economics, Math, Computer Science
Jenna Takach 2024 Dana Dance, Music, Psychology
Ellie Tsapatsaris 2024 Mertz/Worth Film & Media Studies, Dance, Economics
Gordonson Yan 2022 Mertz/Pittenger Engineering, Math
Linsey Zhang 2022 David Kemp/Palmer Psychology, Biology
Catherine Zhao 2022 Dana/PPR Apts. History, Biology