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Student Snapshot: Elias Berhe '25

Elias Berhe '25

As an international student, Elias Berhe ’25 had a momentous first year on campus. While he adjusted to life in a different country, joined campus clubs, took challenging classes and forged new friendships, he learned to think differently about the possibilities ahead of him and dream to achieve bigger goals than he previously thought possible. Now, the sky is the limit for this high-achieving student who enjoys using code to solve difficult problems and working toward a common good.

Hometown:

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Major:

Computer science.

Clubs/organizations:

Math & Computer Science Club and Club Soccer.

Honors/scholarships/awards:

The Benjamin Rush Scholarship and Alpha Lambda Delta.

Favorite book:

Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.

Favorite movie or series:

Breaking Bad.

Best thing about my Dickinson experience:

The best thing here at Dickinson are the community—the people I have met and how they have helped me to think differently and to dream to achieve big goals.

Favorite place on campus:

Morgan Field.

On choosing my major:

I chose to major in computer science because it affords me the opportunity to explore both of my passions: solving problems and producing creative experiences. Through code, I can generate ideas that solve user-specific problems, design and ideate possible solutions, and then execute them.

Favorite class so far:

Comp 132 and the Comp 130 humanitarian project.

On choosing Dickinson:

Dickinson College values creativity, dedication and an appreciation of diversity. The college has really good academic programs, a strong commitment to sustainability and an emphasis on hands-on, experiential learning.

Favorite off-campus spot:

Super Buffet restaurant.

Favorite professor:

Visiting Lecturer in Computer Science Lev Fruchter.

As a kid, I wanted to be …

… an engineer.

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

… Lionel Messi.

Advice for younger students:

Mistakes are part of life.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:

Walk your own path.

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Published November 4, 2022