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University of Virginia

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Background

Interview Date:December 2018

Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: South Asian/Indian
Graduation Year: 2019
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
High School Experience: Public school in Fairfax County, VA with a graduating class of about 1,500 students. A big part of my class decided to go to college, but there was also a significant portion who did other things.
First Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Cognitive Science with a concentration in Neuroscience
Minor: Architecture
Extracurricular Activities: Muslim Students’ Association, Minority Rights Coalition, I’m a Resident Advisor and am part of a dance team.

Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
Joining the Muslim Students’ Association was where I made quite a few good friends and was able to find my community. I learned about important and relevant issues within that community, whether that’s nationally or just here at UVA. Being in the Minority Rights Coalition allows me to continue to be close to my community and learn more about it in the sense that I’m a minority student and can learn about other minority students as well. That’s enhanced my experience at UVA because that’s not a situation I’d otherwise be in. I wouldn’t have known about those things otherwise unless it was in my classes. I joined the dance team even though I didn’t dance before in high school because I wanted to do something new. I really like my dance team. They’re very chill, and it’s a nice break from other things. In general, my involvements at UVA have been a positive experience.

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