BackgroundInterview Date:July 2018
Gender Identity: Male
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2020
High School Experience: Private school in Baltimore, MD with a graduating class of about 100 students.
First Generation College Student: No
Major: Politics Major with a concentration in Philosophical, Literary, & Legal Studies
Minor: African-American Studies
Extracurricular Activities: Club sports team, I work for the radio station, I’m on the MLK Day committee, and I do community service.
Have any of your extracurricular activities had a particularly big impact on your experience?
Sailing had a huge impact on my life at Bates. It’s a big social part of my experience and it’s time-consuming because we have practice during the weekdays and races on the weekends.
Working for the radio station is fun and is a good way to meet people.
The MLK Day committee is a good way to work with faculty and provide a student’s perspective on how to make certain events. Bates has a lot of committees where you can do that. That’s time-consuming but gives good experience for working with people of different backgrounds and age ranges.
Bates is in Lewiston, which is an interesting city because it was hit really hard by the economic decline in 2007. It also has one of the largest population of Somalis in the US, so there’s a lot of great work to do with getting involved with schools around Bates and different organizations that help people who are struggling.