I’m originally from right outside of DC, in Silver Spring MD. I completely fell in love with the Pitt campus when I visited (especially the Cathedral of Learning!) as well as the city of Pittsburgh as a whole. I was welcomed at Pitt by the Honors College, whose advisers recommended that I experiment with finding breadth and depth in my academic interests through diverse courses my freshmen year. I found my passion in both cultural anthropology and economics. What I love about Pitt is how much freedom I have to explore different academic areas and pursue different interests at once. I have enough flexibility that I can work on two majors and a minor, as well as three certificate programs. I also had the opportunity to study for a semester at the University of Havana through the Pitt in Cuba program. I’m also working towards the Bachelors of Philosophy degree, offered by the Honors College, based on my ethnographic research on the subject of family planning and fertility preferences in Quito, Ecuador.
I also have the opportunity to work on volunteer projects and student activism. I am co-president of Keep It Real, a large coalition of Pitt students that tutor and mentor families of Somali-Bantu resettled refugees in the Pittsburgh area. I am also on the board of Americans for Informed Democracy, a student organization that promotes awareness and advocacy about global issues on campus, including international labor rights relating to Pitt apparel. I am also a UHC Ambassador, helping to welcome new students to the Honors College community.