BackgroundInterview Date:January 2020
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2020
High School Experience: Public school outside of St. Paul, MN with a graduating class of about 500 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Majors: International Studies and Arabic double major
Minors: Statistics and Community and Global Health double minor
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of the Bonner Scholars program, which is for [first-generation college students], I’m part of the Muslim Student Association, the Black Liberation Affairs Committee, and Afrika!. I’m also part of the Student Affairs Advisory Committee. I’m also part of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
Being in Bonner, the Muslim Student Association, and Afrika! have because it’s nice knowing that I have people who identify the same way as me and look like me. It’s nice to know that we can share similar stories, even though we may not come from the same place or the same backgrounds.
Have you participated in undergraduate research? How easy was it to get involved in that?
Through the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, I do research with one of my professors. We do a lot of data analysis and digging through historical archives. When I was a sophomore, I had a friend who was a senior and was also in the [Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship] and she recommended me to do that program. I had her as a mentor to guide me through that process, and that was really helpful.