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Student Snapshot: Lucille Papile ’21

“Luckily for me, Dickinson offers the definition of a liberal-arts education. I’m supported in following both my passions.” Meet Lucy Papile ’21, a neuroscience major and creative writer who plans a career in wilderness therapy.

Lucille Papile ’21  

When Lucille Papile ’21 (neuroscience) arrived on campus last year, she was already a published student writer. Her essay “The Lost Explorer” was included in the Connecticut Student Writers Series and her poem “Fireworks” was part of an amateur poet collection, A Celebration of Poets (Creative Communications). During her first year on campus, she took an introductory creative writing class, and she’s now enrolled in a screenwriting course, with plans to minor in creative writing with a major in neuroscience. She’s also working on a book of poems for young teens.


Granby, Connecticut.



Clubs and organizations:  

Pi Beta Phi Sorority, Club Soccer, Dickinson College Republicans, Neuroscience Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, WILD (leader) and Outing Club.


Dean’s List, Alpha Lambda Delta and Benjamin H. and Portia T. Hosler Scholarship.

Dickinson in one sentence:

A place where diversity and difference cultivate friendships. 

Favorite book:

Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Favorite movie:

Across the Universe. 

How I define “useful” (as in "useful education"):

When I think of the word “useful” in terms of education, I think of an experience that is applicable on a large scale. At Dickinson, every class I’ve attended has given me knowledge that can be applied to the real world, which is hard to say about some of the courses I have taken in the past. Whether it be a class on the nervous system or a creative writing workshop, I have been able to make global connections. In addition, Dickinson offers learning opportunities outside the classroom, including wilderness experience trips and cultural immersions that exemplify a well-rounded, useful education.  

Favorite place on campus:

The “fishbowl” in the library.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

Fish tacos.

Favorite learning experience:

My favorite learning experience was going through recruitment for Greek Life. Although this experience did not take place in a classroom, I learned enough to last me a lifetime. I was able to push my social skills and make new friends. I learned what it meant to have someone by your side, an unconditional friend, and I would not trade that for the world. 

As I kid, I wanted to be … 

… a marine biologist. Then I realized you have to know how to swim for that. 

My little-known hobby/talent:  

I’m classically trained in opera.

On publishing a book during high school:

Throughout elementary school, I had a passion for writing creatively. I would sneakily read ahead in books during class and reveal the ending to my friends at recess. I loved literary discussions for the beauty of the writing. I realized that writing is a form of art, and I wanted to take part in it. In sixth grade, I found my muse. The boy I liked did not like me back, and in return, I spilled words onto a page, using my pencil as my tool. I stuck with my love for writing all through high school, where I was fortunate enough to have my work published. As I started my college search, I feared that my love for writing would be muted as I entered a science field. Luckily for me, Dickinson offers the definition of a liberal-arts education. I’m supported in following both my passions, realizing sacrifices do not have to be made to ensure my happiness. 

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:    

The most important thing I’ve learned so far is to push my boundaries and do feats that scare me. I know this is cliché, but the only way to make a college experience truly worthwhile is by going at it headfirst and achieving things you never thought possible. 

Post-Dickinson plans:  

I plan to attend graduate school at Boston University School of Medicine, where I will study to become a neurologist. With this education, I will study and better the growing field of wilderness therapy, which combines both my love of nature and the inner workings of the brain. 

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Published September 17, 2019