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Student Profiles

Katie Phillips '21

KatieOn campus, I'm in Offbeat and a tour guide! I am the transfer student SAM (Student Academic Mentor) as well as a SAM to students in Mertz residence hall! I love music and am really grateful for the supportive and amazing music and theater communities here. Also, I want to be an elementary school teacher!"

Why I transferred to Swarthmore…

Its tight-knit community and collaborative environment

My favorite thing about Swarthmore is…

My favorite part about Swarthmore is getting deeply involved in the community and the genuine atmosphere of kindness and support

My favorite place to study on-campus is…

I love to study at the new paint room in McCabe. It gives me color-inspired creativity! 

 

Matt Villanueve '21

MattAt the beginning of my college career, I would not have believed that it would be possible for me to join a community like the one that exists at Swarthmore. Fortunately, those who were around me did, and they kept me motivated when I needed it. Being a somewhat unconventional Swarthmore student, I was not sure where my place would be on the campus. My transfer cohort and the rugby team provided me a solid foundation for a major transition in my life.“

Why I transferred to Swarthmore…

I transferred to Swarthmore, because I wanted to join a community of people committed to the project of learning and personal growth. Everyone I had met from Swarthmore shared an instinct and hunger to seriously engage with their areas of study. They chose courses to enrich themselves as people, not to satisfy degree requirements.

My favorite thing about Swarthmore is…

The conversations I have with fellow students at the college is my favorite part about Swarthmore. We share ideas because we are genuinely interested in them and want to contribute our individual experiences to the conversation.

My favorite place to study on-campus is…

I enjoy studying on the Second Floor of McCabe, because it has a wide range of environments from cozy little cubbies to utilitarian tables with outlets to charge my devices.

Academic interests and/or majors?: Philosophy and Political Science

 

Brandon Shi '20

Brandon“Swarthmore was exactly what I wanted in terms of change of environment.“

Why I transferred to Swarthmore…

To be surrounded by those that wants to make a difference in the world and I got  exactly what I asked for.

My favorite thing about Swarthmore is…

The people here are very nice and welcoming.

My favorite place to study on-campus is…

Intercultural center, because it feels very cozy and there's a room that makes you feel like you are in a treehouse.

Academic interests and/or majors: Sociology and Anthropology