BackgroundInterview Date:November 2018
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2021
High School Experience: Public high school in New York City, NY with a graduating class of about 300 students. There was a culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Major: Psychology and Linguistics Dual Major. It’s different from a double major because I still take all the classes each major requires but my senior year I am writing a thesis that combines the two.
Extracurricular Activities: I am part of the Refugee Action Network, which goes to a local mosque and helps tutor English as a Second Language to kids and adults. We basically help them with anything they need help with. I take piano as a class which I count as an extracurricular because it’s half of a credit. I also played Ultimate Frisbee last year. I’m taking a break this year but will probably pick it up later.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
All of them have. Frisbee was really helpful freshman year because it has a really strong sense of community. The Refugee Action Network is good because Claremont can really feel like a bubble sometimes and there’s a lot of separation between our small community and the rest of the community surrounding us, and that’s a good way to open my mind and gain new perspectives. Also, I find new ways of explaining things and learning from other people because many of the people there were very successful in their home country and are very inspiring people. Playing the piano is a stress reliever for me, so it’s a good outlet when academic things are tough.