Olivia W. Whalen
Olivia Whalen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Hispanic Studies at Boston College. She traveled extensively throughout her undergraduate experience, most notably to Barcelona, Spain. While studying in Barcelona, Olivia’s Spanish fluency grew, along with her appreciation for Hispanic culture and delicious paella marinara. As an admissions counselor, Olivia enjoys learning from the multicultural perspectives of the Pine Manor College student body and the varied backgrounds and experiences of each incoming class. She is also grateful to be part of a college community located in Chestnut Hill, MA – the best place in the world to go to school! Her own undergraduate experience in Chestnut Hill gave Olivia the chance to study in a beautiful, safe, suburban setting, while making the most of the internships, volunteer opportunities, museums, theaters, and social life located just five miles away in downtown Boston. She likes to spend her spare time writing, finding inspiration in all the interesting people and places that she sees in the city.
Karla Lopes is a happily married Pine Manor College class of 2012 graduate. A Brazilian native, her heart resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she has lived since 2001. Language barriers, new cultural values and different school systems were challenges that she had to adapt to in America on her way to becoming a successful college graduate.
Karla’s priority has always been her education, which she believes is the key to success in life. Upon her arrival at Pine Manor College, she took advantage of the numerous opportunities on campus. While a student, she was inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society and awarded with the Dean’s Award and for Achievement in Social and Political Systems. Karla is intent on using her experience and knowledge to counsel and mentor students interested in attending Pine Manor College as a way to give back. She has become an active agent of change at Pine Manor College and within the Greater Boston Community, advocating for students and new Americans.
“Pine Manor College has given me ample chances to discover many hidden skills and assets that helped to shape me into the unique, confident woman that I have become today. I hope to provide similar opportunities to women as an Admissions Counselor at the College.”