Dustin da Ponte
Hometown and State:
Fall River, Massachusetts
Why did you choose to attend Lasell?
I chose Lasell because of the small class sizes and the connected learning philosophy. I loved the idea of being able to make connections with your professors and having that opportunity to meet with them after class for additional help.
What activities are you involved in?
I am the President of the Student Government Association, I am a Resident Assistant and a Blue Key Society Ambassador.
What's it like being a Blue Key Society Ambassador?
Being a Blue Key Society Ambassador has been a great experience for me this past year. I had the opportunity to share my story with many potential incoming students. Students like to hear from other students to grasp an understanding of what their experiences have been like and being able to show my passion for Lasell on a weekly basis has been great.
What has been your favorite Connected Learning project/experience so far?
I took a marketing class during my sophomore year and we had a non-profit organization called City Strings reach out to us for a marketing plan. The founder came into our class and we got to ask any questions about the organization. City Strings gave children on the streets of Boston a chance to be a part of an orchestra. They were not receiving enough donations which is why they came to our class. As a group, we developed a two-year marketing plan for the organization and every class for the next two years will now work on that plan. This was my favorite connected learning experience because it gave us all an opportunity to work with an outside organization and truly get a real world experience.
What is your favorite Lasell event or tradition?
My favorite Lasell tradition is the Torchlight Parade because it is one of our longest lasting traditions. Also being on the last day of classes for seniors, there is a different atmosphere around the event. Seniors will pass down their torch to an underclassmen and that is a special moment for everyone who is a part of the event.
What has been your favorite class at Lasell?
My favorite class at Lasell was my First Year Seminar class, Exploring Activism. This class was one of the most intense classes I have taken. I learned so much in this class that it helped me transition into college life. Our class became like a family and we worked together to create and execute a full service project to help animals in need.
Do you have a favorite Lasell professor or mentor?
Professor Karin Raye is my favorite professor. I first took her First Year Seminar class and then worked as her peer mentor for the same class for the next two years. I have never met anyone so passionate and energetic about what they do. She has taught me so much from working closely with her and she’s had such a positive impact on my life.
Where is your favorite place to hang out on campus?
I like to hang out in the Arnow Courtyard on nice days. Usually there are many students outside. Whether it’s tossing a ball, playing corn hole, or laying out, it is always a great atmosphere in the Courtyard.
What do you like to do off campus or in Boston?
In Boston I love to go to different sporting events. The Red Sox usually have college discounts for tickets and nothing is better than spending a day at Fenway on a nice day.
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