BackgroundInterview Date:April 2019
Gender Identity: Male
Graduation Year: 2020
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
High School Experience: Public school in southeastern Michigan with a graduating class of about 400 students. There was a culture of going to college
First-Generation College Student: No
Major: Political Science
Minor: Middle Eastern Studies
Extracurricular Activities: I’m a resident adviser, I [have a leadership role] in a foreign policy group on campus called Columbia International Relations Council and Association (CIRCA) and I write for the Columbia Political Review. Also, my political identity is very tied to my heritage, so I’m very active in a group that promotes peace in the Middle East and a two-state solution to the Palestine and Israel conflict.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
Yeah, it’s really helped to write articles in different publications. It’s made me a better writer, given me outlets to express my thoughts and deepened my intellectual curiosity, as well as given me the chance to do research on stuff I’m interested in outside of the classroom.