Alejandra Keen-Tellez

Name: Alejandra Keen-Tellez
Grad Year: 2021
Hometown: Lancaster, PA
Majors/Minor: English-Literature and French/Legal Studies
Email: keentellez@susqu.edu 

Where you went for GO:

Strasbourg, France

What clubs/organizations are you involved in on campus?

Supervisor at the Alumni Call Center, Vice President of Paranormal Club, Member of Slam Poetry Club and Asian Cultural Association

Why did you choose Susquehanna University?

I loved the community spirit at SU. I have always felt welcomed and heard, even when I was just an interested high school student. Any questions and concerns I had were always taken seriously and immediately answered. I loved that sense of togetherness that SU fostered even before you arrived on campus or officially chose Susquehanna.

Describe your experiences with research/internships:

I got an on-campus internship that was able to combine my two majors (English-Literature and French). I worked closely with the French department head and one of the Creative Writing professors to help translate, record and upload old World War One letters on a website. It was a really interesting and creative opportunity.

What is your favorite class and why?

In general, I love the law classes offered at SU. I find them all really interesting and love working with and learning from the professors. However, Dr. Robertson’s Science Fiction class was one of the most interesting classes I have ever taken that both challenged me as a writer and academic, but also as a person. It was engaging and philosophical, as well as informative. It encouraged me to interact with media (like science fiction films) that I had never done before.

What is your favorite tradition?

There are so many to choose from and I always go back-and-forth. I think my favorite tradition is Midnight Caf. during finals week. It really brings people together and encourages people to take a break and enjoy being with your friends while eating some good food.

What does being a Student Ambassador mean to you?

For me, being a Student Ambassador means helping people figure out if Susquehanna is the right school for them. Personally, I love SU and that’s why I became a Student Ambassador; it’s really fun to get paid to talk about something that you love and genuinely enjoy (which, I know, is cheesy). But I also know that I felt really lost and overwhelmed as a senior in high school and eagerly listened to all advice I possibly could. Being an Ambassador, for me, means trying to help students—even just the tiniest bit—during a really stressful time to figure out what’s best for them.  

Fun fact about me:

I have been a vegetarian for 10 years!

What are your plans for life beyond Susquehanna?

I will, hopefully, go to Law School to begin a career in law.