Emma O'Neil-Dietel

Smith College

Emma is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is attending Smith College where she is majoring in World Literatures, Spanish, and Archives Studies, with a goal to eventually work in fields associated with museums or archives like curation, library sciences, etc. She holds leadership roles in several arts and music clubs, including the Writer's Flock, Ukulele Club, and Student Theatre Committee. She plays fiddle in the Celtic Music Ensemble and designs costumes for Duct Tape Productions, the musical theater collective. In her freshman and sophomore year she was an intern at the Smith College Historic Clothing Collection where she curated public exhibits ranging from early-20th century bodices to designer high-heel sneaker boots from 1980. She also managed the collection's social media presence. In the summers, Emma teaches writing at a variety of programs, including Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop and WriCampia Sleepaway Camp. Last summer, she also interned at the Library Company of Philadelphia, a distinguished archive of early Philadelphia history. This summer, due to the coronavirus pandemic, is is completing two remote internships with two different archives. She has a passion for the arts, as evidenced by her numerous endeavors, including writing plays. She culminated her sophomore year at Smith by writing and performing a comedic play about her life as someone with significant hearing loss. She has been involved in many activities in the arts. She has involved with the Philadelphia Young Playwrights, has tutored other writers at workshops, been involved in several writing camps and meetings, and played the first violin in her high school orchestra. She also has received multiple awards, including 1st place in the National History Day Philadelphia competition. Emma plans a career as a writer and educator.

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