Senior year can be a time for seniors to reminisce on their undergraduate experience and their years at Tufts University. It’s a whirlwind of a year, where anxiety about the future can hang overhead. Cassidy Olsen admits that she has yet to reflect on her four years at Tufts, but believes that reflection will come in due time. “I think that with some distance, I’ll have a better sense of how my communities here have shaped me,” Cassidy says. While this may be true, she still remembers her decision to choose Tufts, a decision she made because Tufts “was a place of endless possibilities.” Now, as Cassidy prepares to graduate, she finds that there are many unique elements to her undergraduate career.
Cassidy is an English major, but she believes she should’ve been a Film and Media Studies major. “Look back to my common app essay and you’ll see a big, blinking sign that says, ‘FILM MAJOR’,” Cassidy explains. While she isn’t sure why she ignored this, she is sure that she made the most of the opportunities she had. Cassidy loved the variety of classes she took and the subjects she learned about, from philosophy to political science and oceanography. This liberal arts education, something Tufts prides itself on, helped guide Cassidy to the path she is on now. Like many Tufts students, Cassidy doesn’t just have one passion. “I love learning about a lot of things, and throughout my college career I’ve maintained that I don’t have one particular passion,” she explains. With this came the opportunity for Cassidy to explore a variety of areas and, to be quite honest, she’s done well in all of them, particularly in journalism.
As an Arts and Living editor for The Tufts Daily, Tufts’ daily student newspaper, Cassidy has worked with students across campus and written pieces ranging from film reviews to interviews of local flower shops. Her writing is informed and researched, but never precocious. Despite being such a strong writer and researcher, Cassidy reveals that most of her friends aren’t English majors. Instead, they’re from a variety of backgrounds. “My closest friends are pre-med students, are software engineers, are activists, are teachers–my time here would be nothing without them, and we each support one another by championing what makes us different,” she says. Cassidy believes her lack of connection to other English majors is a sign of Tufts’ dedication to individuality, to giving students a world to explore outside of the traditional academic bubble.
What is most notable about Cassidy is her kindness, her ability to make everyone feel valued in a space, something multiple Arts writers have expressed throughout the years working with her. While she is anxious about her future, Cassidy brings all of these wonderful qualities with her wherever she goes. “For me, college has been about exploration and developing an understanding of who I am, what I want, and how I fit into the world as it exists now,” Cassidy explains. She is hopeful that Tufts will develop further in both career opportunities and empowerment of all people on campus, particularly undergraduates and workers. Now, as Cassidy begins to glimpse back at her last four years, she expresses excitement to take her “newfound knowledge out for a spin.” In truth, anyone would be lucky to join Cassidy on that drive into her bright future.