Philip Morabito ’17

It was a fairly sunny and hot summer day the first time I visited Dickinson. As the day went on, thunderstorms and heavy rain swept through the Carlisle area. I will never forget being completely lost on campus during the middle of the downpour. When I returned home, the charm of Dickinson stuck with me despite the dreary weather. The sequence of events this day taught me an interesting lesson: even when things seem dreary, if you look around, you may find something wonderful.

It can be difficult to get out of your dorm and into the classroom on those rainy days, but what has motivated me is the transformational moments that I’ve experienced in class. As someone with a diverse range of interests, I knew coming into college that I wanted to explore areas outside of my major. My study of Spanish has presented me with some of my most academically challenging moments, as well as some of the most rewarding. I was able to study abroad on three different abroad programs in four different countries (Spain, Ecuador, Argentina and Chile). My time abroad pushed me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to grow in ways I never imagined. Immersing yourself in another culture is far from easy, but I believe I’ve become a better student, a better person, and a better Dickinsonian because of it.

Back on campus, my interests extend outside the classroom as well. Community is something that has always been important to me, so I’ve taken every opportunity to leave my mark here at Dickinson. Volunteering in the admissions office has allowed me to guide prospective students in finding their fit within the Dickinson community. I work in the Residence Life & Housing and New Student Programs offices to build up our campus community from the first day new students step on campus. I'm a member of our Student Senate, which acts as conduit for change within the student body. I’ve assisted students with bringing to life the change they want to see on campus; which has been an incredibly rewarding experience. Throughout all of this, I’ve been able to build meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and students across campus; something that I believe is unique to Dickinson.

I’ve grown so much throughout my time at Dickinson. I hope that by sharing my experiences, you will be able to find your fit in our community. Speaking with prospective students is one of my favorite things to do, so don’t hesitate to reach out to me at morabitp@dickinson.edu if you have questions or would like to learn more. I look forward to seeing you on campus!