Computer Information Systems, '16
A familiar face around campus, South American international student Paolo Loli is best known for his software and computer skills. Both an active and involved student at the university, the Computer Information Systems major has found his home away from home.
After spotting Castleton tucked away in the corner of his local college fair, the Lima, Peru native knew the change of scenery, close-knit feel of a small town and relationship based education Castleton offered was the perfect fit. Following a brief conversation with Castleton representative and Spanish Professor Ana Alexander, and sifting through the sea of other schools at the fair, he was sure of his decision to attend.
“Woodruff to me looked like a Castle,” said Loli, “Now I walk around campus and I almost know everyone. We are growing and I feel like a part of the growth on this campus.”
While on campus, Loli has become involved in a variety of roles during his time at Castleton, including his positions as a Community Advisor for Residence Life, student worker for the IT department, monitor for the World Languages Lab, manager of the men’s basketball team, and beginning this season, a Division III basketball athlete. His hard work and dedication to his extra curricular activities, as well as his studies, have allowed him to flourish and grow within the ever-evolving learning environment.
“He has a strong work ethic and a great personality and he is just a pleasure to work with,” said Gale Malinowski, Chief Technology Officer of the IT department, who has worked closely with Loli since his freshman year.
His professors feel a similar sense of pride while watching Loli exceed both in and out of the classroom.
“I would say his most impressive trait is the way he cares about everything,” said Professor Alexander. “He’s exactly what Castleton wants in a student.”
Though temporarily leaving his family thousands of miles away was not an easy decision, and the rustic feel and constant changing of Vermont seasons took some acclimating, Loli credits the friendly community atmosphere at Castleton for making him feel right at home.
“I am so thankful to be so involved on campus. I’ve meet a lot of people and everyone supports each other and is always willing to help,” Loli said. “I’ve become better at everything I do. I’ve become closer to my dreams of playing college basketball and I’ve received support from a great community.”