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An Interview On
University of Virginia

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Background

Interview Date:December 2018

Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: African-American/Black
Graduation Year: 2021
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
High School Experience: Public school in Prince William County, VA with a graduating class of about 450 students. Around 80% of my school were African-American, and we had a high population of people on free or reduced lunch. A lot of the students went to college but were first-generation students.
First Generation College Student: Yes
Major: Prospective major is Global Public Health, but I’m applying this semester so I don’t know for sure.
Minor: Drama
Extracurricular Activities: My first year I did a program called First Year Players. Last year I did another student-run theater organization called Shakespeare on the Lawn. I have only done theater at UVA because I haven’t found anything else really interested to me that I want to commit time to do.

Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience? In what ways?
When I did First Year Players, it was a really good experience because when I came to UVA I didn’t know if I would fit in or if I would be able to do theater. It was a really fun experience to be with other people who are just as passionate about doing theater. The only issue I came to realize my second year is, even though they’re extremely inclusive people and they don’t discriminate at all, I just felt like I was the only Black girl most of the time and I felt like there was a lack of diversity. This year when we did an interracial version of Romeo and Juliet for Shakespeare on the Lawn, and I really liked that because of the diversity. I realized that some student organizations don’t really put a large emphasis on diversity, so this spring semester I want to try to help address this issue. I think if we sent a message that we don’t discriminate and we accept anybody it will be better.

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