Senior Spotlight: Isaac Dwass, Swarthmore
March 18, 2019
Our talented senior class is continuing to receive exciting college admissions acceptances. As we begin to close out the 2018-19 school year, we are proud to share a few of these students' reflections on the college admissions process and to celebrate their accomplishments as members of the Léman community.
When senior Isaac Dwass began his time at Léman in kindergarten, he couldn't anticipate what the school would become. "Léman has grown so much, and I love the international community," he said, "I like that my teachers stress the importance of other people's viewpoints. I think that's what makes the school unique."
Over his 13 years as a member of the Léman community, Isaac has been involved in a number of clubs, sports, and activities, including the role of Captain of the Cross Country Team, a member of the Varsity Swim Team and Track Team, a member of the writing staff of the Bullhorn, the Upper School newspaper, and a tutor in the peer writing tutoring program. He's also a full IB Diploma Candidate, "I think the fact that the IB is so rigorous really prepares you for college. The assignments are very long-term, so you have to figure out how you're going to space it out and accomplish everything in time. It really teaches you time management skills," he said.
Isaac will be using the skills he learned when he enrolls at Swarthmore College in the fall, ranked #3 in Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News and World Report. "I like the ways in which Swarthmore is similar to Léman. The community is very diverse, and I will have opportunities to be involved in a lot of the same things. I felt comfortable there right away," he said. That feeling compelled him to apply Early Decision to his first-choice school. "Ms. Barcham, my college counselor, was a big help in the application process. She encouraged me to apply early because I felt strongly that it was the right fit for me," he said.
One thing he will miss about Léman is the supportive faculty. "My history teacher, Mr. Johnson, inspired me to love history in the 6th grade and he also taught me to write," he said, "I will also miss the tight-knit community, I love walking down the halls and knowing everyone I see. College will be a big adjustment, but I feel ready."
Congratulations, Isaac! We know you'll be successful at Swarthmore and beyond!