Student Snapshot: Marisa Almazan ’24

Marisa Almazan

The best part of Marisa Almazan ’24’s Dickinson experience is the people she’s met through campus clubs and organizations as well as in class. She’s president of Panhellenic Council, facility management director of Kappa Alpha Theta, a Triton and tour guide, and a member of the LACC and the Latina Discussion Group. Below, she discusses the two major factors that inspired her to call Dickinson home, her favorite professor and more.


Vienna, Virginia.


International business & management, with a Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship certificate.

Clubs and organizations:  

Kappa Alpha Theta (facility management director), Panhellenic Council (president), Tritons, Liberty Caps (tour guides), Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean (LACC) Club and the Latina Discussion Group.


Dean’s List and a Dickinson grant.

Favorite book:

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Favorite movie/show/podcast:

New Girl.

On choosing Dickinson:

I decided to attend Dickinson because it was the only school where I felt I was not a number—I felt that I could thrive in the small, liberal-arts environment. Dickinson also offers great financial aid for students.

Best thing about my Dickinson experience so far:

The best thing about Dickinson do far is the other students I have gotten to meet. My leadership skills have been able to grow with all the opportunities for club involvements that this college has to offer. I have been able to make long-lasting friendships and develop a strong support system through Kappa Alpha Theta, as well as other clubs I am involved with.

Best thing about my major:

I love that the international business major extends the traditional business administration program. You get to learn a variety of subjects within the business world and learn about different subjects that are important to know to have a successful business. I enjoy the international aspect as well—it helps show how globalization has impacted businesses everywhere. By taking different courses, a student in the major can see what part of a business they are most interested in working in.

Favorite class:

One of my favorite classes was Profiles in Leadership with Senior Lecturer in International Business & Management Steve Riccio. It brought Dickinson alumni who have run successful business and shown strong leadership in their lives. It is a very motivational course that helps you reflect upon your own leadership skills and helps build connections with alumni on campus.

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

… Michelle Bachelet.

Favorite professor:

There have been many professors with whom I have enjoyed working. My advisor, Senior Lecturer in International Business & Management Joy Middaugh, has guided me these past years in college, and I always enjoy having conversations with her outside of class.

Post-Dickinson plans:

I hope to either work in ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance] in a big for-profit business that can make positive change or be an entrepreneur and open a small business that has a positive environmental impact.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:

Be patient with yourself.

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Published July 14, 2023