Wake Forest University
BackgroundInterview Date:August 2018
Gender Identity: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Middle Eastern
Sexual Orientation: Heterosexual
Graduation Year: 2020
High School Experience: I went to a private all-girls school in Mclean, VA, which is outside of Washington, D.C. with a graduating class of 70 students. There was a very strong culture of going to college.
First Generation College Student: No
Minors: Spanish and Global Trade and Commerce Studies
Extracurricular Activities: I’m in a sorority, I am part of the Finance Club, I’m a mentor for CHARGE, which is our emerging leadership program out of the Student Engagement office.
Did any of your extracurricular activities have a particularly big impact on your experience?
Being part of a sorority definitely has. I was the type of person who didn’t really know if wanted to go through the whole process, but in the end, I knew would regret not going through the recruitment process, especially when all my hallmates freshman year were going through it. A great thing about Wake is we do spring rush, so first semester freshman year no one is in Greek life so you can get to know everyone, and then afterward you go through recruitment. You come in early after winter break and go through recruitment. For me, that gave perspective in who my friends really were because I was really close with my hall first semester, and I wasn’t really friends with them after joining Greek life and going through sophomore year. I branched out and made new friends. Then another thing is it was so much easier to meet upperclassmen, I had this whole group of new people that I can instantly have a connection with. Also, because of the sorority, I’m able to do other activities on campus, like philanthropy events like our 12-hour dance marathon. It’s been such a great impact on me and I never thought I’d get that out of Greek life.