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Support and Guidance

Meet Zeineb Ettangi ’20, a first-year from East Elmhurst, N.Y. Learn about how she discovered Dickinson, why she chose to attend, and more.

Zeineb “Zina” Ettangi ’20

After coming from a small high school, Zeineb Ettangi ’20 knew she wanted to attend a small liberal-arts college. When her college counselor mentioned Dickinson, she knew it would be worthwhile to visit and apply. Learn about why she chose Dickinson, her “Dickinson moment” and more.




East Elmhurst, N.Y.

On the application process:

[I found out about Dickinson when] my college counselor mentioned it to me. I applied Regular Decision because I knew I wanted to go to a liberal-arts school.

On choosing Dickinson:

I chose Dickinson because I visited and I came for Red & White Day/accepted student day, and I liked the size of the school because I went to a really small high school. I didn’t want to get lost in a sea of students. The financial aid package also made it feasible to come here compared to other aid packages I received.

On reservations:

I was unsure of what to expect from Dickinson—it’s the first private school I have ever attended.

On my Dickinson moment:

My Dickinson moment was with my philosophy professor, James Sias, [assistant professor of philosophy]. I was in a tough position with another professor, and it felt like I had someone to support me and guide me in my next steps. He’s supportive and a great advisor.

As a kid, I wanted to be …

… an elementary school teacher. I saw myself being the person who was in charge of everything. I was pretty bossy.

On my biggest influence:

My biggest influence in my life has been my father—he pushes me to aim higher. My father is the reason for many of my accomplishments.

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Published March 24, 2017