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Grace Dumdaw

Grace Dumdaw '21

High School: Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts

Intended Major: Political Science, Religious Studies 

Possible Career: International Politics or Film Acting

Words: goofy, energetic, amicable, candid, charismatic 

What impact do you want to have on the world?

I want to do extensive work on developing the Kachin State in Myanmar, where my ethnic group is from. I think it's really important not to forget where I come from, and I want to be sure that the Kachin people have even a fraction of the opportunities I was provided in my life. No matter what path I decide to go down in life, I will always try to contribute to the betterment of my people, and if one day, I see the Kachin people really make a name for themselves in the global community, I will know that everything that I have done in my life has been worth it. 

Name a person you admire.

My mother. She's one of the most selfless people I know. It's remarkable to see the life she and my father have made for me as immigrants, and I know that I'm lucky to be able to say that I was raised by such an incredible woman. 

What is something you are proud of in your life so far?

I am so incredibly proud of all the people that I can call my friends. I've met so many people from different classes, countries, and ethnic backgrounds, and I am always grateful to be able to say that I've listened to their stories and found friendship in such amazing people. 

What have been the most valuable Evans Scholars program experiences for you?

The freshman Outward Bound trip was easily one of the most memorable experiences of my life. It really taught me a lot about being vulnerable with myself, as well as my fellow Evans Scholars, and I really appreciate how it gave me a chance to create incredible bonds with people before school even started. 

What was the most transformative class you have taken and/or what subjects do you want to explore deeply?

Although I love my religion classes and poli sci classes, the most transformative classes I've ever taken were all acting classes. Acting has taught me so much of about the human experience, and it's a true passion of mine. I hope to continue acting at Swarthmore, and I'm excited to see whether or not I decide to pursue it beyond Swarthmore.