A Goodwill Ambassador

Leda Fisher

Leda Fisher ’19 

As a study-abroad student in Copenhagen, Leda Fisher ’19 experienced a range of European cultures and deepened her understanding of Europe. Back on campus, she’s a student manager at the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, a position that requires her to research and promote special events on campus and allows her a chance to meet and interact closely with high-profile campus visitors. And as a student leader with Hillel, JStreetU and the Dog House, she makes a difference on campus and beyond. Leda discusses her ideal dinner companion, why she chose an American studies major, the most important thing she's learned so far and more.

Hometown:

New York City.

Major: 

American studies, with a minor in women’s & gender studies.

Clubs and organizations:  

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Hillel, JStreetU and Dog House.

Honors/scholarships/awards:

John Montgomery Scholarship.

On choosing a major:  

My first spring at Dickinson, I went to the American Studies Symposium to hear about all of the senior theses. Hearing how passionate all of the seniors were, and how intersectional the projects were made me think that I wouldn’t be afraid to write an American studies thesis and would possibly enjoy the process. 

Favorite class:  

One of the most interesting classroom experiences was Fat Studies with Professor [of American Studies and Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Amy] Farrell. I got to learn about a subject I didn’t have much experience with and then connect it to so many different fields.

On studying abroad:

I studied abroad in Copenhagen the fall of my junior year. Getting to see Northern, Western, Central and Southern Europe was really interesting, as I got to experience a range of European cultures and expand my understanding of Europe and European attitudes.

Favorite movie:

Top Five.

Favorite place on campus:

The tables outside of Stern.

If I could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, it would be …  

… Audrey Hepburn, during her days as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:  

How to manage multiple commitments while prioritizing myself.

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Published December 21, 2018