St. Lawrence University
BackgroundInterview Date:October 2019
Gender Identity: Female
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2021 – entered through the London First-Year Program
High School Experience: Public school in Washington, D.C. with a graduating class of about 125 students. The class was very diverse in terms of having a lot of Black and Hispanic people. There was not a culture of going to college.
First-Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Global Studies
Minors: European Studies and African Studies
Extracurricular Activities: I’m part of the Thelomathesian Society, Carefree Black Girls, I work as a Community Assistant, and I’m [a leader] of the Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Coalition. I also recently joined a sorority.
Have any of your extracurricular activities had a particularly big impact on your experience?
Being part of [The Thelomathesian Society] and being a community assistant have had a big impact. Being someone who came from a high school that didn’t necessarily prepare me well for college and also someone who wants to bring representation and be a voice for students of color, those put me in a position where, at first, I didn’t think I could do it, but having that role and working with different kinds of people has given me the confidence and the ability to do a lot of things. The platform I ran on was mental health, and the culture I come from has a lot of stigma around the mental health conversation, so that process helped me relearn how I should take care of myself. I relearned the process of self-care and self-love by working with the counseling center and, now that I’m elected, I feel that I have to embody a healthy lifestyle and understand the importance of health. That’s shaped a lot of my experience here and I’m truly grateful for that.