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A College Guide May Not Be Set in Stone, BUT…

   From Dulara de Alwis on June 15th, 2014

My Clark diarist/blogging career has come to an end. Though I am a month late of the official deadline, I figured that a post-grad account (as my last entry for the year) would provide readers a valuable perspective of what it means to have a college education from Clark, and what it takes to be competitive in the employment sector. As I have recently been offered an Analyst position at Morgan Stanley, I shall briefly share my own personal journey until this point with ample tips to current college and prospective students. Every summer since I started college, I looked for opportunities to intern. Though you may think of me now as that “finance guy,” I did not have a sector/ideal internship in mind for the first two years of college. But, I wanted to be active and thus joined a program every summer since 2010. Believe it or not, I did not receive a paid internship till my final semester of college — every summer before that, I ended up enrolling in unpaid/stipend-based internships purely because I was keen on learning new sets of skills. Looking back at my internship career, I am glad I made the sacrifices I made and would not change a thing. Being part of extra-curricular activities (preferably in leadership roles) is crucial in developing the appropriate skills for any workforce. Although academics sometime requires one to grind out courses even if one is not   [ More ...]

Goodbye For Now

   From Julianne Murphy on May 10th, 2014

I started off this season with a bucket list. I am pleased to report that I have accomplished everything with the exception of visiting all of the dorms. I guess that just leaves more exciting adventures for next year. This is my last post, and to be honest, my feelings are bittersweet. I left Clark on Wednesday after finishing my last final in Calculus Tuesday evening. The LAST Time in My Room I came into Clark with few expectations. I really had no concepts of what college should be. For me college was the next logical step in my life, and Clark was the place where I would live out this next chapter of my life. I was excited to learn new things and eager to test the limits of my independence. After two semesters at Clark, I truly have learned new things and discovered my comfort zone. I have met some amazing people and have made some fantastic memories. Instead of droning on about my freshman year, I am going to give it to you short and sweet in a Best & Worst list. I think it’s best that I limit the lists to only 5 things… I wouldn’t want them to be too long. The Best Parts of Freshman Year Independence – I love having the freedom to structure my time exactly the way I want it. Food – I know I have mentioned Clark’s Kosher Station in the past. It really is fantastic. The food is just made with love. Aside from the cafeteria, Clark is surrounded  [ More ...]

Under Construction

   From Rebecca Liebman on May 7th, 2014

Last year at this time I wrote a pretty sappy blog post about how so many people (students and staff) were leaving/graduating from Clark. This year I wasn’t on campus, so it’s very different. This (most likely) will be my last post of the year…but don’t worry, I’m excited to be back in the fall to for my final year at Clark and be able to continue blogging and sharing my experiences with you all! Each year of college brings something very different. I laugh on the inside when I hear high school students say that they are going to major in pre-med, with a triple minor in history, international relations, and philosophy. Probably because I said something like that when I was in high school…and pre-med isn’t a major, it’s a “track.” (You would major in biology, most likely.)   You may have ideas about what you want to study in college, and that has its benefits, but it will probably change. You’re going to learn about subjects that you have never even heard about and topics that you never realized people studied. I came to Clark knowing that I wanted to go into environmental studies, and my major never changed. But sometimes I wish it had. I had such a strong focus on that one topic that I didn’t explore as many other topics as I wanted to. So now, in my senior year, I am taking classes all over the board so I can try everything and learn about things  [ More ...]

And Just as Suddenly as it Began…

   From Stefanie Gough on May 7th, 2014

So how does one celebrate the end of an undergraduate career?             Barbecues, festivals, and escaping into nature. The weather is finally (hopefully) staying relatively warm now, and we’ve all been taking full advantage: porch birthday bbqs; NYC quicktrips to celebrate Holi in some random Brooklyn neighborhood with newfound friends Allyson and Janine; and performing an endless cycle of eating and napping (with a little bit of kayaking and woodland exploration thrown in) at Jake’s lakehouse out in Goshen. It’s been the most wonderful of weeks. But now, I’m back in Worcester. And this is the last day of my blog. Yeah, I know – weird, right? I’ve been blogging nearly the entire time I’ve been at Clark. And looking back through it all now, it’s actually kind of amazing to reflect on everything I’ve done. From dancing to Taylor Swift in the mornings with Maya in our double in Dodd, to dancing to Taylor Swift in our off-campus apartment as we get ready to go out (okay, so some things don’t change in four years’ time). From panicking about the height of Worcester snowbanks, and thinking that I wanted to be an International Relations major, to caving and buying snow boots, and  finishing a thesis in my double majors of Art History and my self-designed German Studies… I’ve held 6 jobs (Admissions  [ More ...]

Lessons learned from Clarkie of the Week, and why you should ignore them

   From Jeremy Levine on May 5th, 2014

I saw a Facebook status this morning that made me really happy. It was from a graduating senior who was disappointed that she was never named Clarkie of the Week. Now, her disappointment doesn’t make me happy. But it’s really exciting to know that Clarkie of the Week is something that’s become a fully integrated part of our campus community, the kind of thing that people complain about. Two years ago, Claire, one of the other editors on the newspaper, had the idea to highlight some of Clark’s characters so people could get to know their fellow students. The idea was to attribute names and stories to Unicycle Kid, Handstand Guy, etc. Eventually, Clarkie of the Week became a venue to highlight some of the people who have the biggest impact on campus: club presidents, campus celebrities, and Tony, who makes the pizza in the cafeteria (read his interview. It’s delightful.) But Clarkie of the Week is now sort of Claire’s mark on campus. It is a thing she created that will outlast her time here. I’m excited to continue this tradition that people apparently care about very much. For me, Clarkie of the Week has always just been another thing we do. It goes in the back of the News section, behind the Real News, as something that just buffs up our page count a little bit every week. It’s fun, and I like reading it, but it was never really a  [ More ...]

Providing Change from Within

   From Kevin Carriere on May 4th, 2014

In my three years here (I’m a transfer, if you didn’t know), Clark has gone through some major changes. They installed more space for working out, creating a 3,000 square foot workout and dance space in the gym. The year before they redid the floors in the gym, put in new bleachers, and donated the old wood towards the Worcester public schools. They took my first residence hall, Johnson, added a whole new corner connection to it, and connected it to its brother hall, Sanford, in the new Johnson-Sanford Center. They bought out a street and filled it in with grass and walkway to connect one side of campus to the other.   They added more space in our grab and go dining area, adding a sushi station(!) and really re-vamping a lot of what the Bistro used to be. But – beyond the crazy amount of changes on campus, I think the largest change came from within. I know it sounds cheesy, but it’s true. I started getting into fashion a bit more, wanting to reform my identity as an adult who wears chinos and button up shirts and is searching for the perfect pair of raw denim jeans. I found a love for political science, philosophy, and a psychology that isn’t about sitting people on a couch and talking to them about their problems. I travelled the world and started a collection of souvenirs (Harry Potter #1 in the language of the country – Luxembourgish,  [ More ...]

Looking Back, Looking Forward: Move-out Day Eve Eve

   From Amy Yeager on May 4th, 2014

“After four drinks, salads, steaks, two baked potatoes, a shared dessert, and a healthy amount of giddy chatter, our celebratory “End of Summer/Good-bye Amy Family Dinner” was over.   Tonight, the official Eve of Move-in Day Eve, overflowed with bittersweet emotion. My little brother casually pointed out four or five times that in 40 hours or so, I would be alone in Worcester, and they would be on a plane to Turkey. Apparently that means he is going to miss me. I frowned, my brother snickered, and my parents shared a quiet smile. At the moment, the thought of being left in an unfamiliar room in a part of the world I have never lived in with people I have never met turns my stomach, but I am sure that after a night or two or twenty, potential new friends, and some distracting orientation activities, I will feel more settled, and hopefully excited.” I was in this exact hotel when I wrote my first post. This was how I began my first ever Clark Diaries post, one that I wrote before officially starting school. I was riddled with anxiety about leaving home for college, and as one might observe based on several follow-up posts, that anxiety took a long time to settle. But it did! Here I am, approximately 40 hours away from being on a plane to Turkey. I am feeling a strange combination of relief, astonishment, fatigue, and a twinge of sadness at saying goodbye to my room,  [ More ...]

Clark Diaries Authors

Kevin Carriere

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major: Psychology, Concentration Religious Symbols.

Campus Involvement: Ballroom Dance Captain, President of Undergraduate Psychology Committee, President of Psi Chi Honors Society of Psychology, Editorial Assistant Culture & Psychology, Honors Project in Psychology.

Reason I Came to Clark: It felt like home when I first came here. I went somewhere else. And even after a year away, if anything, Clark just felt even more at home. Also, I had gotten in contact with a professor and his graduate student through email before accepting, and we all hit it off immediately and now work together all the time.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I will be finishing my Ph.D. in Cultural Psychology.

Read Kevin’s Blog

Dulara de Alwis

Dulara de Alwis

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Minor: Economics, with minor in International Development and Social Change and Mathematics.

Campus Involvement:  President/founder of ClarkU Investments and Trading Society, Senior Delegate and Award-Winner in the ClarkU Model United Nations Team, and Inducted Member of Fiat Lux Honor Society (2013-2014).

Reason I came to Clark: Good value for money and truly embraces diversity.

Favorite Course Taken at ClarkEconometrics - Though it is unanimously voted as one of the most challenging courses at Clark, econometrics in my opinion is vital for anyone hoping to take economics seriously. Not only is it an unwritten rule to include applied econometrics in economic journal articles,it is also a great scholarly tool to objectively illustrate one’s research findings.

Fun Fact about Yourself: When I was born, I looked directly at the doctor’s face and refused to cry.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Business school.

What makes you a Clarkie: Every orientation week, Dean Zelesky reiterates that Clark offers everyone a fresh start. As someone incessantly seeking to improve oneself in all aspects of life, I like to consider myself a student who has really adopted this idea of “redefinition”.

Link to Dulara’s Blog

Stefanie Gough

Stefanie Gough

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Intended Major: Art History & German Studies.

Campus Involvement:Sinfonia, Week One Orientation Coordinator, Communication and Culture Office.

Reason I came to Clark: Actually, that’s a funny story…I was randomly Google searching, found it, and after scrolling through the website for an hour or so I decided I really liked the vibe of the school and the international aspect, and voila! Here I am :)

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: I’ll have completed my MPA degree at Clark, will hopefully have an awesome job at some museum or gallery or rolling around in an ice cream truck or something…and will either hopefully have already completed the PCT hike or will be preparing for it.

Link to Stefanie’s Blog

Jeremy Levine

Year: Junior (Class of 2015).

Major/Intended Major: English Major, Political Science Minor.

Campus Involvement: The Scarlet, Concert Band, Sinfonia, Musical Theatre, Quidditch, Scarlet Key (Admissions).

Reason I came to Clark: The short answer? I hadn’t fallen in love with any field quite yet, but I felt that Clark would be the place to do it.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: Teaching high school English or working as an editorial assistant at a publishing house or a magazine that I believe in.

Link to Jeremy’s Blog

Melissa Miller

Year: Sophomore (Class of 2016).

Major/Minor: Environmental Science and Policy.

Campus involvement: Democrats of Clark University, Clark Concert Band, Eco-Reps.

Reason I came to Clark: When I visited Clark, I didn’t feel like I was trying to be talked into buying a membership to a ritzy country club, and I didn’t feel like the entire admissions staff was trying to drown me in how impressive the school was; Clark simply spoke for itself. Clark was the only university I visited where I didn’t feel like I had to be convinced to go there, I walked on campus and immediately felt like I had arrived at home after a long vacation. The students were comfortable, passionate, and academically driven, but not to the point where the student social life suffered, and that impressed me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years:  Graduated, independent, and out in the world having adventures. In Peru, maybe? Or maybe Belize. Or maybe I’ll move to Oklahoma and start an alpaca farm, who knows?!

Read Melissa’s Blog

Jessa Green


Year: Junior (Class of 2015).

Major/Minor: Management.

Campus Involvement:
- Work Study at Goddard Library
- Republicans of Clark University (RCU)
- Student Alumni Relations Committee (SARC)
- Clark Diaries and thereby Clark University Admissions! Coolest job around.

Reason I came to Clark: visited Clark when I was 16 and fell in love with it, and when I applied they returned with an offer I couldn’t refuse. The financial aid package was awesome!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: In 5 years, I’ll be 25. I will have graduated from Clark 2 years previously and will hopefully be working my way up the corporate ladder. Probably doing something along the lines of Marketing / Sales (social media marketing!!). Oh, and in my free time I’ll be out and about taking photos of wherever I live.

Read Jessa’s Blog

Rebecca Liebman


Major/Intended Major: Global Environmental Studies, Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Campus Involvement:Take Back the Tap, Student Alumni Relations Committee, EcoReps, Student Council, Women’s Club Lacrosse, I&E Program.

Reason I came to Clark: You’re not a number; you’re a whole person!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years:This changes on a daily basis, so live for the day and be happy!

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Dale Watt

Year: First-Year (Class of 2017).

Major/Intended Major: Geography and Physics.

Campus Involvement: Outing Club, Clark Undergraduate Student Council (CUSC), Ballroom Dance.

Reason I came to Clark I found out about Clark through my brother Rian. As I learned more about the school, I decided to apply. Geography has always been a subject I love, and Clark has one of the best (if not the best) programs in the country. Add Clark’s top-notch physics department into the mix, and I knew the school was right for me.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years In five years, I’ll probably still be in school. I’m hoping to get a PhD, most likely in Physics or Geography. But that’s not everything I’ll be doing – I’d also like to be traveling as much as possible (if I have the money).

Link to Dale’s Blog


Rian Watt

Year: Senior (Class of 2014).

Major/Minor: Double Major, Economics and Political Science.

Campus Involvement: Undergraduate Student Council (President), Residential Life and Housing (Resident Advisor, Blackstone Hall), CU Admissions (Scarlet Key Society), STIR Magazine (Copy Editor).

Reason I Came To Clark: Because I couldn’t get into anywhere else I wanted to go.  Much more interesting is the reason I stayed, after a first-year performance that would have allowed me to transfer out.  And that is that I fell in love with the sprit that absolutely captures Clark: earnest, unaffected enthusiasm for learning, aided and abetted wherever possible by Clark’s faculty and staff.  It’s my home now, and I couldn’t be prouder of it.

Favorite Spot on Campus: The academic commons, easily.  I have a reputation for sitting in a particular spot – at a tall table right alongside the quiet study room.  It’s relaxed, still social, and I do my best work there.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed that some eager first year hasn’t taken up residence there since I’ve been in London.  I’ve missed it!

Favorite Course Taken at Clark:  There’s a couple that really mattered.  The first, chronologically, was ‘Privacy Protection in Law and Ethics’, with Professor DeCew.  I took this couse during my first semester at Clark and loved the depth in which we covered our single issue – privacy.  It was a real introduction to college learning.  In the nearly three years since I took the course, privacy has moved into the national eye in a way that it wasn’t then, and I’ve benefited enormously by having thought about the issue at some length already.

Sophomore year, I took ‘Intro to Statistical Analysis’ with Professor Tan.  It sounds boring as heck – and in some respects, it is – but it allowed me to prove to myself that I was actually good at math (and, more broadly, quantitative analysis). That meant a lot for a kid who came perilously close to failing several math courses in high school.  Plus, Professor Tan is one of a number of folks who pointed me towards the LSE.

Lastly, I can’t fail to mention the second of two courses I’ve taken with Professor Michael Butler, who this year is also doubling as my thesis advisor: ‘Politics of the European Union’.  There’s an intensity to Professor Butler’s teaching that makes learning a real joy; coupled with the high standards he expects of his students, I’ve rarely learned so much so well as I did in this class.

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years: From the beginning of the 2013-14 academic year, five years gets me to September 2018.  Plans change fast, so I’ll be as nonspecific as possible: I see myself finishing my second year of graduate school. If all goes according to ‘plan’, I’ll work for two years after graduation next May, then come back to the States in September ’16 to start my program, whatever it ends up being.


Read Rian’s Blog

Amy Yeager

Year: First-Year (Class of 2017).

Major/Intended Major: Biology / Undecided.

Campus Involvement: I hope to get involved with community service in some form, potentially tutoring or working with the elderly. I love reading so some sort of Book Club might be lurking around the corner, and I will participate in almost anything concerning art, if time permits.

Reason I came to Clark: Clark appealed to me because of its size, and the diversity of the student body. I grew up attending small international schools, and I didn’t want to completely abandon those things upon my arrival at college in the United States.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years: In five years, I will have graduated from Clark, and will be working towards a Masters Degree in whatever field I end up majoring in. Less importantly, I hope I will have acquired a cat by this time.

Link to Amy’s Blog

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