Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BackgroundInterview Date:May 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Biracial: White and Pacific Islander
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2022 – I’m in a five-year program
High School Experience: Private school in New Jersey with a graduating class of about 46 students. There was not a strong culture of going to college, only about 4 or 5 people in my class ended up going to four-year institutions.
First Generation College Student: Yes
Extracurricular Activities: I [have a leadership position in] National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) and I’m part of a co-ed acapella group.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
Acapella, like most non-academic clubs, is really great. It’s a really nice escape from classwork. I also met a lot of people I wouldn’t have met otherwise in different majors, which is a really invaluable experience. NOMAS is also really great because it gives me the opportunity to have a leadership position within my school and be able to make changes. They’re both really nice to have aside from just regular classes.