Why I Chose Dickinson
Discover why these current Dickinson students decided that Early Decision
was right for them. You’ll find that whether they were excited by Dickinson’s welcoming community, global focus or the college’s strong commitment to community engagement and sustainability, these students knew Dickinson would provide a natural place to pursue their passions and exceed their own expectations. Read more about each student by clicking on their stories below.
Sena Agawu '15
Pa Furnace, Pa.
I was very attracted to the college's global perspective and approach to education and learning. I am someone whose interests are all over the board, but at Dickinson, I could find classes, majors and minors that would tailor to my interests and guide them in the right direction.
Thiago "Chad" Branco '13
After living in California for a year as an exchange student from Brazil I decided that I wanted to return to the U.S. to pursue my college education since I had adapted to the country so well. I was also interested in a U.S. college experience due to my frustration with the Brazilian college system, which only accepts students on a pass/fail basis on a test score, instead of valuing them as individuals who aren’t just a number.
Justin Farrell '13
Newtown Square, Pa.
As my journey continued I found other things that attracted me to Dickinson. There is a strong sense of tradition that is celebrated and embraced here. ... There is a sense of belonging to something special that begins to take hold when you talk with upperclassmen and hear their stories about favorite classes taken or a semester studying abroad.
Sydney Gecha '15
Each alum raved about his or her Dickinson experience. Many of them enjoyed the small, tight-knit community, as well as the the vast connections Dickinson has with the outside world. A few of the alumni had used Dickinson's connections to acquire first-rate internships and jobs. I was very impressed with how much of an impact Dickinson still has on its students, even after they graduated.
Denise Mousouris '14
Virginia Beach, Va.
Upon visiting Dickinson, I was immediately welcomed by a beautiful campus saturated by an engaged and involved student body. In pursuit for my ideal college with a diverse yet tight knit community, I stumbled on another aspect I wished to surround myself with: a sense of history.
Brendan Murtha '14
When the college search and application process began I was hardly excited. I just wanted to enjoy my senior year rather than spend tedious hours filling out applications and composing essays. I looked at five or six schools before arriving at Dickinson. I didn’t know much about it, but I knew it sounded like an interesting place. Still, going to the campus I had the immature idea in my mind that I didn’t really care [about the college process]. After this first tour and information session my mind was changed. I left campus that afternoon knowing that Dickinson was the college I wanted to attend. I was thrilled: a decision I figured would test my abilities turned out to be one of the easiest and best decisions of my life.
Christopher Noonan '15
Being able to play on the golf team was another big factor for me in picking a school. I knew that going to a Division I school would distract me from my studies because of the rigorous schedule that a Division I team demands. By participating in a Division III golf team, I would be able to balance my life as an athlete and as a student.
Ailin Pipkin Gabay '14
Buenos Aires, Argentina
As soon as I discovered Dickinson, I knew that it was the ideal place for me. I was fascinated with the idea of a place where I could take classes from different fields, where I could find opportunities to start my own projects, where I could share my points of view with people from diverse backgrounds and where I could belong to such a multicultural and intellectual community.
Jesica Ray '14
With all the different clubs, activities and events I learned about during my visit, I realized Dickinson is a home for all different types of people from all different regions of the world. There is space for people from complete opposite ends of the spectrum. At Dickinson, I realized everyone’s different in their own way and they manage to bring their different characteristics together to form an interesting, unique campus. Hitting on the core value of global engagement, Dickinson drew me in immediately when I saw the role diversity played on campus.
Alexandra (Lexie) Raczka '15
I remember walking on the campus and just feeling something...The sustainability of the school was also a big draw. I plan to study environmental science and wanted to find a school that "practiced what it preached," which Dickinson does.