BackgroundInterview Date:February 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2022
High School Experience: Public all-girls school in East Harlem, NY with a graduating class of about 80 girls. There was a culture of going to college because we were part of an organization called CBI (College Bound Initiative).
First Generation College Student: Yes
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of three TLS (Trustee Leader Scholar) projects. The first one promotes financial literacy called “Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow.” The second one is called “Building Up Hudson,” where my peers and I go to an organization in the Hudson Valley to mentor and tutor students, preparing them for college. The third TLS project goes to Haiti in the summer to teach coding to people of all ages.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
The TLS “Building Up Hudson” has, because most of the students also come from low-income backgrounds who needed a little more preparation for college. When we went there, we saw that they didn’t know a lot about the application process, or what scholarships they could obtain.