CELS Fellows



Student advisers help with the internship and job search process

The CELS Fellows program provides a highly trained paraprofessional student staff to augment the services of the professional CELS counselors. The student staff's expertise includes ePortfolio development as well as resumé and cover letter critique. CELS Fellows assist at all workshops and they are available for individual appointments.

Interested in becoming a CELS Fellow? Talk to your CELS Counselor.

Taylor Anderson headshotTaylor Anderson is a senior CELS Fellow from the Philadelphia area. She has a self-designed interdisciplinary major in religion-based peace and conflict studies. For extracurricular activities, Taylor has been the secretary of the Renewable Energy Club, gives tours of the Connecticut College Arboretum and has hosted the CCASA Fusion Dance show. This summer she was the foreign policy research intern at the American Friends Service Committee in Philadelphia. She completed research on the current crisis in Syria and helped forward nonmilitary policy recommendations for the U.S. government. Taylor hopes to go to graduate school to pursue a master's degree in conflict resolution in order to help prevent religious differences from becoming a starting point for war. Taylor may be reached at tanders2@conncoll.edu.

Kaitlyn CresenciaKaitlyn Cresencia is a junior CELS Fellow from New Providence, NJ. She is currently pursuing a major in economics. Kaitlyn dedicates much of her time to the women’s basketball team here at Connecticut College as a third-year varsity member. Invested in the Kids, Books, & Athletics (KBA) program on campus, she loves working in groups and giving back to the community. Her goal after graduation is to pursue her passion for coaching. The CELS office has been an invaluable resource to her these past two years and she is thrilled to now be a member of the staff that has taught her so much. Kaitlyn may be reached at kcresenc@conncoll.edu.

Julia Goldman headshotJulia Goldman is a junior CELS Fellow from New Rochelle, N.Y. She is majoring in government, minoring in environmental studies, and a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA). Her current PICA area of interest is about encouraging and integrating healthy and sustainable food into American public schools. She is now working as a fellow in the Office of Sustainability on the Agriculture Working Group of the New London County Food Policy Council. On campus, she is also involved in PEeps as a Peer Health Educator. Last fall, Julia studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, on the DIS program. She is so excited to be part of the CELS staff and is looking forward to helping students get the most out of everything that CELS has to offer. She can be reached at jgoldma1@conncoll.edu.

Cameron Johnson headshotCameron Johnson is a junior CELS Fellow from Westford, Mass. He is currently pursuing a major in biochemistry and a minor in applied statistics. On campus, Cameron participates in KBA, is a member of the Pre-Health Club, and works in an inorganic research lab. He aspires to be a surgeon. Outside of the classroom, Cameron spends a great deal of time in the pool, swimming for our nationally ranked varsity swim team. He is a two-time Academic All-American and a NESCAC champion. Along with swimming, Cameron plays intramural soccer and is an avid tennis player. Cameron spent the summer between his sophomore and junior years working in a urological cancer research lab at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Mass. You may contact Cameron at cjohnso9@conncoll.edu.

Emil Lalov headshotEmil Lalov is a senior CELS Fellow from Pleven, Bulgaria. He is currently double majoring in mathematics and economics and studied away his junior year at Harvard University. Emil is the president of the Connecticut College Math Club and a member of the Peggotty Investment Club. Since freshman year, he has been very interested in actuarial science, and during his sophomore and junior year summers, he interned as an actuary at Liberty Mutual’s headquarters in Boston, MA. Emil has accepted a full-time position with the company and will be going back to Boston in May. In his free time he enjoys playing soccer and having fun with his friends. He can be reached at elalov@conncoll.edu.

Kyle Matson headshotKyle Matson, a senior CELS Fellow, is from Brookfield, Conn. He loves meeting new people and his interest in the unique history of each person prompted him to pursue a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy. While at Connecticut College, Kyle is the captain of the men’s varsity swim team, a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, head baker at Camel Catering and a member of Club Golf. This past summer, Kyle completed his CELS-funded internship with Major Tom Ibérica at the world swimming championships in Barcelona, Spain. Kyle may be reached at kmatson@conncoll.edu.

Jenna Pittleman headshotJenna Pittleman is a junior CELS fellow from Weston, Conn. She is a psychology major and Hispanic studies minor who studied in Seville, Spain in Fall 2013. Last summer Jenna worked as a research assistant to a psychology professor at Harvard University studying mindfulness as means of extending human potential. Jenna is also the manager of the eomen's varsity basketball team at Connecticut College and is a mentor in the SISTER mentor program for middle school girls from New London. After graduating, Jenna plans to attend graduate school for psychology and explore the field of sports psychology. Jenna can be reached at jpittlem@conncoll.edu.

Jen Rodriguez headshotJennifer Rodriguez is a senior CELS Fellow from Chicago, Ill. She is currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in history. She is an intern at Unity House Multicultural Center to help educate her campus on diversity and race. For fun, she dances and has been involved in Eclipse and Fusion. Jen is a scholar with the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts CISLA, and she has discovered a new passion for the French language, having studied abroad in Paris last spring and completed her funded internship at the Museum of the French Revolution. Jennifer’s goal after graduation is to do the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program to fulfill her other passion for learning the Japanese language and culture. You may contact her at jrodrigu@conncoll.edu.

Blair Southworth headshotBlair Southworth is a senior CELS Fellow from Andover, N.H. She is pursuing a major in environmental studies and is also a scholar in the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy (PICA), focusing on sustainable growth in developing nations. After her junior year, she completed an internship with the Angus King for Maine campaign (King is currently representing Maine in the U.S. Senate). During her junior spring, Blair traveled and lived in Hanoi, Vietnam, with the College's SATA Vietnam program, after which she traveled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to intern for Cambodian Threads. There she coordinated volunteers to teach at a local elementary school to promote community outreach, and helped the company grow its fair trade certification branding. At Connecticut College, Blair serves as a build coordinator for Habitat for Humanity and enjoys playing club soccer. She may be reached at blair.southworth@conncoll.edu.



Leah Swinson headshotLeah Swinson is a junior CELS Fellow from Rowley, Mass. A history major, she is also a PICA scholar at the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. During the summer of 2013, Leah interned at the Ipswich Museum in Ipswich, Mass. and did research on the relationship between historic preservation and public education. In her free time, Leah volunteers in the New London public schools, is the treasurer and social chair of Souled Out, and is a writer for Her Campus online magazine. Leah is excited to work as a CELS Fellow this semester and get to know new staff and students. She also hopes to study abroad in Chile and Argentina in the spring. Leah may be reached at lswinson@conncoll.edu.

Jordan Thomas headshotJordan Thomas is a junior CELS Fellow from Cedar Falls, Iowa. She is pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in East Asian studies with a concentration in Chinese language. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, in Fall 2013. On campus, Jordan writes for the online magazine Her Campus, tutors students in the Roth Writing Center, and serves as a photography intern for the Office of College Relations. She is also involved in the Vagina Monologues. Post-graduation, Jordan hopes to pursue a career in clinical psychology research and practice. She can be reached at jthomas5@conncoll.edu.

Claire Wellbeloved-Stone headshotClaire Wellbeloved-Stone is a senior CELS Fellow with a major in anthropology and a minor in Hispanic studies. She is from Charlottesville, Va. and chose Connecticut College after a family friend and alumna told her about the school. She made a visit and knew it was a fit. For her study abroad she spent the fall semester in Valencia, Spain, and the spring semester in Havana, Cuba. Last summer, as part of the Toor Cummings Center for International Studies and the Liberal Arts (CISLA), she completed an internship with the World Wildlife Fund in the Galapagos Islands. To culminate her internship and research, she will be writing an honors thesis about the effects of tourism on society in the Galapagos Islands. On campus Claire participates in the student-run dance shows and Forest Justice. She plans to pursue public health and nursing in her graduate studies. She may be reached at cwellbel@conncoll.edu.