BackgroundInterview Date:November 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual
Graduation Year: 2021
High School Experience: Boarding school in Baltimore, MD with a graduating class of 45 people. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: No
Major: Global Health Studies – On the pre-health track
Minor: Political Science
Extracurricular Activities: I [have a leadership position] in the African Student Association (ASA). I’m also going to be [part of] a new club for Queer students, I dance with Orchesis, and I also help with the IDEAS Center.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
When I first came to Allegheny I didn’t feel like I fit in. Culturally I’m not Black, so I don’t do the things regular African-Americans do. It was hard for me to find a balance and be okay with not having the cultural things I did back home. The ASA helped me have a place that reminded me of home. The purpose of ASA is to not only be reminded of home but to also educate those who have no idea about the continent of Africa and its many nations. It helped with my growth as a leader, and my growth in being able to communicate and educate other people that don’t know about the culture. It also helped me find a place where I can say I belong.