Hannah Ruth Brothers

Senior 1

Academic Interests. I'm a senior this year with a Plan in dance and anthropology. I've been dancing since I was 5 or 6 but just became interested in anthropology a few years ago. My classmates kept talking about how cool their anthropology classes were, and I finally decided to try it. I've always been interested in other cultures, but it's been really rewarding to engage with that interest on a deeper level. For my Plan I will be doing an anthropological study of contact improvisation, making an analytical scrapbook of a trip I took to West Africa last year, and making and performing a bunch of choreography.

An Inspiring Class. Most recently I took Engaging Music, an ethnomusicology class with a visiting professor. I really appreciated his relaxed approach to the class. It gave me time and energy to delve deeply into the music of the different cultures we were studying, and I also really enjoyed working on my final project, interviewing a West African musician and researching more about music from West Africa.

On Marlboro. One of the things that I love about Marlboro is that we're all so different and weird in our own quirky ways, and yet we all find ways of forging friendships across those barriers. Some of the people here who at first glance I thought I would never be friends with have become some of my best friends.  There's a real sense of community here.

Favorite Campus Places. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful big dance space as the Serkin dance studio! The sauna behind Random North is another of my favorite places on campus.


Community Involvement. I've worked in the Dining Hall ever since I was a freshman and it's great to earn a little money and get clued in to what's happening there behind the scenes. The kitchen staff are AWESOME.

Goals Before Graduating. FINISH PLAN.

Summer Plans. Going to contact improv festivals in my home state of California, going backpacking and road tripping with family, and doing work trade at a yoga studio in my hometown.

Advice. I don't know if they still use the same stuff-to-bring list as they did when I entered, but a lot of the things on it were unnecessary. You probably won't need a hot plate since most of the dorms have kitchens, and I bought a microwave, iron and ironing board but never once used them. Don't feel like you need to buy all the things on the list just because they're there.

And don't take too many credits your first semester. Really, 12 or 13 is best, no matter how much you want to take every course on the list. There's a real culture of overworking ourselves at Marlboro, but that doesn't mean you have to buy into it. I did for a while but then decided it wasn't my thing. It's really wonderful to be able to pursue your interests deeply in a relaxed and healthy way.