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  • #waybackwednesday Erika LaPierre

    #waybackwednesday Erika LaPierre

    With 50 days to commencement fast approaching, we wanted to check in with a few members of the senior class to tell us about their fondest memories at Dean. #waybackwednesday will feature a weekly Q&A with these students, giving YOU an inside perspective on student life at Dean College.

    Read on to learn more about Erika LaPierre!

    What is your favorite memory of your time at Dean?

    Dean has presented me with many memorable moments during my four years here, but my favorite would have to be my performance in the Senior Showcase. This show was produced entirely by graduating seniors of the Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance. It was an amazing experience being able to perform with all of my classmates and to be able to showcase each of our individual talents.

    Who was the first friend you met during your first year at Dean? How did you meet?

    The first friend I met at Dean was Jenna Brown. We both auditioned for the dance program on the same day, and from there we became best friends! Our moms even became friends while we were in the audition! She has been there for me since day one, and I am so grateful to have her in my life!!

    What was your all-time favorite meal at the dining center during your time at Dean? Why?

    My all-time favorite meal at the dining center would have to be Taco Tuesday!! My favorite kind of food is Mexican, and tacos are my favorite!!

    What was your favorite event (sports, club/org, holiday, academic, etc) that you participated in during your time at Dean? Please explain why and use detail.

    My favorite club that I have joined on campus is the Student Activities Committee. They have amazing events and programs for students on and off campus that are a great way to liven up your week! One particular event that stood out to me was the board the bus trip to the Providence Performing Arts Center to see the Broadway production of Wicked. I have always wanted to see this musical ever since I was little and being able to see it with some of my closest friends and for only $25 made it one of the best experiences I have ever had.

    Is there a specific faculty/staff member that had a positive impact on your time here at Dean? What did they do to help you grow as a student? What year did you meet them?

    One faculty member that has made a huge difference during my Dean Career would have to be Amanda Donahue, the athletic trainer for the School of Dance. I first met her at a Discover Dean Day along with the rest of the faculty, and she explained her role in the School of Dance as well as gave me some insight about some of the injuries I obtained before coming to Dean. Aside from helping me with injuries and preventative exercises, Amanda has been the best support system, and friend that I could have ever asked for. The best advice she has ever given me is to never let others stand in the way of my success and to never give up on my goals and dreams. Although I am excited to graduate, I will truly miss being able to go down to her clinic and have her put me back in one piece.

    What has been the best part of senior year at Dean?

    The best part of my senior year was during the group celebration after Senior Showcase. All of the graduating seniors sat down and watched a slideshow of pictures and videos from our freshman year until now. it was a wonderful way to bond as a family and share a few laughs before we graduate.

    What advice would you give yourself as a freshman coming into Dean?

    I would tell my freshman self to go out and get involved around campus as much as possible! I was very shy during my freshman year, and I wish I was more outgoing and joined more clubs/organizations.

    What does the Dean Difference mean to you?

    To me, the Dean Difference means that you are more than just a number or a name on a piece of paper. Every faculty member knows you, and makes a point to establish a relationship with you. They are all so supportive and encouraging, and I know that I would not have been able to make it this far without them.

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