BackgroundInterview Date:September 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: South Asian
Sexual Orientation: Bisexual
Graduation Year: 2022 – transferred in to start her sophomore year in fall 2018. She is doing a five-year program.
High School Experience: Public school in Lubbock, TX with a graduating class of about 430 students. About half the students were really focused on college and the other half was not.
First-Generation College Student: No
Major: Chemical Engineering
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of the orchestra here and I play on the club water polo team.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
Joining the water polo team was something that was very out of my comfort zone because I’m actually a transfer student. When I got here all of the people my age had already made their friends and all the first-year friend groups were made in their dorms, so it was really difficult for me to find my own place or find a group of people. I went to the organization fair specifically for the rec center and you have to talk to at least five tables to get the free t-shirt, and I went up to a table full of girls because I didn’t think they were very intimidating. I used to be a swimmer and I wanted to get back into swimming because it’s good exercise. They said I should join because of my swimming experience and, once I joined, I fell in love with the people. It really helped me open up more to everyone because before I joined, I wouldn’t even talk to people in my classes. After I joined, I remembered how to socialize again and it helped me open up.