Chloe Morakis ’17

Coming to Dickinson as a first-year student, I had no idea that college could be such an amazing, life changing experience. While I could name a hundred things I love and am thankful for at Dickinson—from the waffle fries in the caf to the writing center in the library—I will just name a few that are most crucial and unique to Dickinson.

I love that no matter what discipline my classes are in, I find they overlap. I am able to draw on an environmental science class to aid me in a sociology elective, or a sociological theory class to aid me when I’m struggling through economics. I am constantly finding connections across departments, reinforcing what I’ve learned and building on it.

I love the leadership skills I’ve acquired through the activities I have participated in at Dickinson. On the field hockey team, we learn that everyone can be a leader, even from her first day freshman year. In my sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, I have held two positions on Chapter Council. Being in these positions has taught me about leading a group larger than 100 members as well as leading a smaller, specialized group. I was given the opportunity to go to Kappa’s national convention, where I learned about leadership and how to empower women through leadership.

I love the relationships I develop with faculty and professors at Dickinson. I am able to put a professor as a reference for a job application, because they know me so well as a student and a person. I have an incredibly close relationship with my dean and seek his advice on all kinds of problems I come across. Having dealt with medical issues during the semesters, I have experienced firsthand how accommodating Dickinson is and how eager the faculty is to help you succeed, whatever your circumstance.

Finally, I love the connections to larger Dickinson and Carlisle communities I have developed since being at Dickinson. From simple things, like the Carlisle street fair in September, to attending a talk about the local homeless shelter Carlisle Cares, to raising over a thousand dollars for the Furry Friends Network with the field hockey team, I feel attached to the Carlisle community. From being a Phonathon student caller for the Dickinson Fund, I have connected to parents and alumni all over the country. At Dickinson we have a strong alumni network, and I have developed relationships with alumni through various student-alumni meet and greet opportunities.

These are just a few of the things I love about my Dickinson experience. I would be more than happy to share what else I love about Dickinson or answer any questions you have. You can contact me at morakisc@dickinson.edu. I can’t wait to hear from you!