Community College: Montgomery County Community College (MCCC)
Area of Study: Anthropology
Involvements: Resident Advisor, L.E.A.D.er
Why did you decide to enroll at a community college and then to pursue a liberal-arts education? And why Dickinson?
After graduating from high school, I took a gap year and studied abroad with the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Rome, Italy. When I returned, I was uncertain about what academic path I would embark on, so I decided to enroll at the community college while I figured that out. I also could not afford to attend a four-year institution right away, and the honors program at MCCC offered me a scholarship. I learned of the partnership with Dickinson through my advisor, Dr. Demasi, and I decided that Dickinson is where I wanted to be. Everyone was so helpful during my transfer process both at MCCC and at Dickinson and I felt confident that I could be successful here. It was a good decision.
Is there a particular academic experience during your time at Dickinson that stands out as most meaningful/influential?
As a graduation requirement, anthropology students are expected to complete a thesis. The process was arduous as it was the first time I had conducted research on my own. I submitted my research to the Research on Women's & Gender Studies Symposium, and I was chosen as a presenter. I felt that my contribution to academia had only just begun. It made me much more passionate about my major!
How did your participation in extracurricular opportunities help you become integrated into the social community at Dickinson? And how were those extracurricular involvements critical to your Dickinson experience?
As an RA, I was able to make meaningful connections with other RAs as well as with students. I was much more outgoing because the position placed me an environment where I was constantly interacting with my peers. I also joined Alpha Phi Omega my second semester, and I met individuals who shared similar passions. The college provides several activities that bring students together; it’s important to take advantage of these opportunities to better appreciate Dickinson.
How have you been influenced by the Dickinson network, and how do you plan to give back to the college as a member of the alumni community?
The faculty and staff at the college have shaped my Dickinson experience greatly, and I hope to keep in touch with them. They provided me with great guidance, especially when I was still getting acquainted with the college. As an alumna, I hope I can provide similar guidance to transfer students. I believe that my success at Dickinson was made possible by the network provided.