Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Olanna Nissim

Globe trotter: I was born in New York City but I began traveling internationally when I was a baby because a large part of my family lived in Israel. Traveling was a huge part of my childhood, and looking back, it has really set the tone for my future and what I want to do. I want to take my education beyond borders and make a difference in countries where kids never had a toy or a birthday to celebrate. Ultimately, my extensive travels have made me who I am today.

Many perspectives: My travels have opened up many different perspectives on the world, and that reflection has been a huge part of my Wheaton experience. I can really relate to people with different backgrounds here. Wheaton is very diverse, but at the same time I can find many things in common with people here because of the places I have been and lived. The places I have traveled internationally include: Israel, Belgium, London, Egypt, France, Scotland, Spain, Turkey and Jordan.

Teaching in Tanzania: This June I was part of a group of students who traveled to Tanzania to teach English to Swahili students in Rongai, a village near the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. The program is built to expose the Swahili students to American culture while teaching them English, and for us to become acquainted with a totally different way to live.

Career aspirations: Ever since I was a little girl I have always been able to “argue my way out of things,” but I never really thought about this in relation to a career till I came to Wheaton and started taking economics and political science classes. I hope to use my economics major to guide me in the direction of corporate law. Once I graduate from Wheaton, I want to intern at a law firm, preferably one that specializes in business law, and then apply to law school.

Favorite class at Wheaton? “Economic Development” with Professor Brenda Wyss. Her passion for economic development and the readings she gave us truly made me want to be an economics major.