When he applied to Connecticut College, all David Radic ’23, from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, knew about life in the United States came from what he’d seen in movies. A beneficiary of the Edna S. Thistle ’26 and Marjorie E. Smith ’22 Scholarship as well as a second scholarship funded by an anonymous donor, David is a history and German Studies double major enrolled in the Global Capitalism Integrative Pathway.
With mentorship from Leo Garofalo, associate professor of history, and funding from the Richard Lowitt-Linda Lear Fellowship for Primary Research in History, David spent summer 2021 learning more about the lives of colonial-era African Americans and Indigenous people in New London County, using records from court cases in databases held by the Connecticut State Library. He presented his research at a poster session over Fall Weekend 2021 and plans to apply for a second research fellowship for fall 2022. David works on campus as a student advancement officer.
He recalls, “I received my acceptance letter from Conn late one night, and I had never felt so happy. In fact, it was such an amazing feeling that I didn’t want to open my financial aid letter in case it contained bad news.”
“When I opened the second envelope the next morning and found out that the College would meet my full financial need, it was unequivocally the most ecstatic feeling I have experienced in my life.”