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Student Snapshot: Carolina Celedón ’22

Carolina Celedon

Carolina Celedón ’22 (Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies) has interned at a D.C. think tank, conducted student-faculty research and helped organize a student-run, multiple-day workshop for students and alumni of color. Below, she shares her advice for new students, the class and place on campus she likes best, and more.

Hometown:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Major:

Latin American, Latinx & Caribbean studies, with a minor in Portuguese & Brazilian studies.

Clubs and Organizations:

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Norman M. Eberly Writing Center, Latina Discussion Group, Synergy Jazz Dance Team and Women of Color Summit.

Honors/scholarships/awards

Dickinson College Trustees Scholarship, John Montgomery Scholarship, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society for Leadership and Success, George Shuman Jr. and Mary Louise D’olier Shuman Prize, Amy Snow Prize and Alumni Council Legacy Scholarship.

Favorite book:

En Búsqueda de un Sueño by Reyna Grande.

Best thing about my major:

The best thing about my major is how it pulls from so many different areas of study: political science, anthropology, literature, etc. I have found that the major is very affirming for those with a Latinx identity but is also welcoming to anyone who wants to learn more about a critical but often overlooked region of the world. The yummy food is also a nice perk.

On choosing Dickinson:

I chose Dickinson for its global outlook and emphasis on languages and study abroad. As a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) alumna and gap-year student, it’s important to me that my college/university encourages students to learn from and about other cultures.

Favorite place on campus:

The Clarke Forum.

Favorite Dining Hall food:

The Kove's three-bean chili.

Favorite class/learning experience:

My women's, gender & sexuality studies research-methods course. The professor did a great job of making our cohort feel like family and created a space for us to grow personally and academically. Most notably, I completed a research project on syllabi and inclusivity in the classroom at Dickinson.

Proudest accomplishment so far:

As a student researcher, helping Associate Professor of Spanish Margaret Frohlich with her Dana research-funded book on the works of young Cuban filmmakers. I conducted research, edited the book manuscript, crafted literature reviews, drafted key words for chapters and worked on proper citations of sources. I found the experience rewarding, because I got to experience what real, longterm research looks like, all while learning about a new and exciting topic. 

Best thing about my Dickinson experience so far:

Some of my favorite memories have been made at Landis House, aka the Office of Equity & Inclusivity, eating pizza and talking with members of Latina Discussion Group (LDG). We discuss everything from tradition-making to mental health to our highs and lows of the week. The group has been instrumental in making Dickinson feel mine and has given me an invaluable support system on campus.

About my internship:

This past spring I completed an internship with The Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank in D.C. that "engages public and private leaders from across the Americas in efforts to develop and mobilize support for cooperative responses to key hemispheric problems and opportunities." During my time with the Dialogue, I managed the Global Trends database, prepared memos on congressional hearings and key issues in hemispheric affairs, and helped with editing, translation, design and publication of program reports and press releases. The internship taught me the complexity and collaboration that goes into policy recommendations and decisionmaking. My favorite part of the internship was learning about activists' fight against gender-based violence in the region.

Advice for younger students:

Seek out opportunities until opportunities begin to seek you.

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Published November 3, 2021

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