Finding Belonging and Paying it Forward

Abby Foster '26

Student Snapshot: Abigail Foster ’26 

Using a wheelchair and needing assistance, Abigail Foster '26 of Shrewsbury, Pa., wasn't sure if she would be able to have an on-campus college experience. On visiting Dickinson, however, she discovered a welcoming community that would help her thrive. She plans to one day help others as a neuropsychologist.


Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania.


Neuroscience and psychology.

Clubs and organizations:

French Club (president), Psychology Club, DPS Inclusivity Committee, BioBuddies, research assistant and Neuroscience Club.


1783 Scholarship.

Best thing about my major:

The best things about studying neuroscience and psychology are the abundance of support, the excellent professors and the numerous research opportunities.

Favorite book:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

Favorite movie/show/podcast:


On choosing Dickinson:

I decided to attend Dickinson because it offered me the unique combination of academic support and a welcoming community. Growing up using a wheelchair and needing assistance, I was uncertain if going away to college would ever be possible for me. However, I was determined to find a school that would not only support my career goals but also embrace and include me as a valued member of the community.

During my college search, I encountered several institutions that viewed my situation as a challenge or obstacle. However, when I visited Dickinson, I immediately felt a sense of belonging. Dickinson stood out as a school that not only acknowledged the unique challenges I faced, but also actively worked towards overcoming them. Dickinson’s commitment to accessibility and inclusivity was evident in the campus infrastructure, support services and the overall attitude of the community. The college’s dedication and willingness to go the extra mile to ensure my success has made a profound impact on me.

Choosing Dickinson was not just about pursuing my academic and career goals; it was about finding a place where I could be fully integrated into a community that would embrace and support me. I knew that by attending Dickinson, I would not only receive an excellent education but also be part of a community that would help me overcome any obstacles and thrive.

Favorite professor:

Visiting Associate Professor in Psychology Nancy Farber. I appreciate her teaching style and the way she engages with her students. She incorporates real-life examples and practical applications, which helps to deepen our understanding of the concepts. Professor Farber is not only knowledgeable in her field but also goes above and beyond to take the time to get to know her students individually and shows a sincere interest in their academic and personal growth.

“I knew that … I would not only receive an excellent education but also be part of a community that would help me overcome any obstacles and thrive.” —Abigail Foster ’26

Post-Dickinson plans:

I plan to obtain a doctoral degree in neuropsychology. By becoming a neuropsychologist, I aim to make a positive difference by providing necessary support for individuals in need.

Most important thing I’ve learned so far:

Never give up, and always remain true to yourself.

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Published February 14, 2024