"The Africana Department provides amazing faculty and an incredibly wide range of subjects approached from varying schools of thought and perspectives."

Where are you from?

I grew up in Athens, GA


Why did you choose the Africana Studies minor?

After taking several literature and humanities courses that were cross-listed as Africana Studies my interest for the field, its intersections with philosophy, and the lenses of study being used in the department grew and I decided to add the minor. The Africana Department provides amazing faculty and an incredibly wide range of subjects approached from varying schools of thought and perspectives.


What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was Africa: The Continent and Its People with Dr. Assié-Lumumba since her personal research experience and the anecdotes she was able to share with us deepened our connection to the subject matter, the class also perfectly exemplified how Cornell allows students access to professors who are recognized globally as leaders in their field.


Who or what influenced your Cornell education the most? How or why?

The biggest influence on my education at Cornell was my family, although they were many miles away in Georgia, they were always a phone call away to help me navigate whatever challenges came my way, and they continue to support me in every path that I choose. Having this support system allowed me to feel safe and comfortable in finding my place at Cornell and branching out.


What are the most valuable skills you gained from your Arts & Sciences education?

I think the most valuable skill I gained during my time in Arts & Sciences was how to navigate various styles of leadership and communication. Being in classrooms with students and faculty from all walks of life and all backgrounds I was able to be exposed to many different forms of communication and methods of leadership and learned how to best come together by celebrating these differences in order to engage in open dialogue and achieve our common goals. 


What have you accomplished as a Cornell student that you are most proud of, either inside the classroom or otherwise?

I am most proud of allowing myself to stay flexible with the educational path I am on, I came to Cornell unsure of where I wanted to be, and I allowed myself to make mistakes and adapt. I ended up completely changing my area of study, which can be quite scary, and I am very happy with where I ended up!


What are your plans for next year?

I will be joining the Teach For America Corps in Metro Atlanta and will continue apply the knowledge I gained in Africana Studies and beyond to building informed and responsive curriculum and classroom experiences.

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