Isabel Lang ’17

Dickinson has given me more than I will ever be able to fully articulate. The faculty, staff, and friends I have made at Dickinson have embraced my strengths and pushed me to form a better self. My American Studies department challenged me to view the culture around me critically and as a result has made me a more active participant in the larger community. The leadership opportunities I have joined at Dickinson have taught me life-long skills. I will leave the school eternally grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in such an amazing institution.

Dickinson College surpassed all of my initial requirements for a small-liberal arts college. I wanted a faculty that I would eventually feel connected to- here at Dickinson I have gained a close relationship with all of my department professors, Admissions counselors, housekeeping staff, the crossing guard, and alumni. They know who I am, impact my choices, and have individually formed my experience. I wanted an undergraduate education that challenged me academically and forced me to learn and think critically. I entered the school without any second language knowledge and I will graduate with an intermediate level of Chinese. I became a Dickinsonian not knowing the major American Studies even existed, and I will graduate with a working knowledge of the field as well as the ability to apply it to the rest of my life. I wanted a school that had study abroad opportunities. I not only studied abroad at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England but took courses that counted towards my major so I could graduate on time. Throughout the entire process the school supported me. I have taken advantage of a plethora of what Dickinson has to offer and I still enter my senior year finding other ways to learn and other groups I would like to join.

I have applied these experiences at Dickinson in each of my internships- from museums to non-profits to large corporations. I am able to participate with graduate level workers and withstand the transition into the workforce with the education I have received from Dickinson. Education should always be transferrable to life outside of college and I draw on the knowledge I’ve gained from my courses and experiences from Dickinson daily. My education has made me a competitive applicant and a critical thinker.

If you have any questions or would simply like to chat, my email address is I love my school and I love sharing my experience with others, so please do not hesitate to reach out to me.