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by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
Rachael Sclafani ’16 has many interests: music, the environment and the great outdoors, reading, knitting, farming, travel and more. But, she stresses, when it comes to getting involved, it's about depth, not breadth.
Clubs and organizations:
Red Devil String Quartet (violin), Dickinson College Farm (student farmer), Students Interested in Sustainable Agriculture and Alpha Lambda Delta.
I am an avid knitter, and I recently learned to crochet.
On choosing Dickinson:
I wanted a liberal-arts school with a farm and with strong music and science programs. Dickinson fit the bill!
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Favorite place on campus:
Rector Science Complex. I love all of the natural light, and I find I always do my best work there.
Favorite Dining Hall food:
Broccoli-cheddar bread bowl from the KOVE.
Favorite class (so far):
Disease in World History with Professor Hilary Smith. I found it very interesting to study disease from a historical standpoint. It made me think about disease in ways I had never considered.
Most important thing I’ve learned so far:
During my first semester at Dickinson I took on a bit too much, and before I knew it I felt overwhelmed. I learned that I would rather pick two or three clubs/activities and put a lot of effort into them than spread myself too thin.
As a kid, I wanted to be . . .
In my much younger years I wanted to be a mermaid, and as a I got older that changed into writer, professional soccer player (despite having stopped playing soccer after kindergarten), chef, lawyer, teacher, accountant . . . I think I hit basically every field out there.
If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be . . .
I would love to have dinner with Daniel Quinn. I have read several of his books, and they really impacted the way I view the world.
Nothing is set in stone, but I would like to go to grad school, and at the moment I am thinking I will study something related to forest ecology. I would also like to own a small farm or at least be a large-scale gardener.
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Published January 15, 2014