"When I was looking at colleges, I was interested in international relations, and Bucknell has a great program. But the major appeal was the liberal arts education that gave me the opportunity to explore other things."

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Why Bucknell?

"I come from a culturally diverse background with my mom being from Sierra Leone, West Africa, and my dad being from Lebanon. I've spent most of my time in predominantly black schools. I wanted to go to a place that would push me out of my comfort zone and challenge me to grow. The learning process here has been great for me. Going from being a majority to a minority has been a unique experience that most people don't have the opportunity to have. Posse was also another big reason I came here — I knew that I would have a support team with Posse.

"When I was looking at colleges, I was interested in international relations, and Bucknell has a great program. But the major appeal was the liberal arts education that gave me the opportunity to explore other things. I'm no longer an IR major but an English and sociology major. The curriculum helped me to figure out what my real interests are."

My majors

"I credit (Assistant) Professor (of English James) Peterson for my being an English major. I read great books and was in an international baccalaureate program, but I attended an underfunded public school in the Washington, D.C., area, and my education was lacking. Coming to Bucknell, I thought English was just about grammar. But when I got here and took classes about women's voices in hip-hop and gender topics by Glynis Carr, I saw how English studies are woven into our everyday lives, and they're just not about the mechanics.

"I like to get to know new people and open myself to new perspectives and ideas. Sociology really provided the door for me. I looked at what makes people different and appreciate those differences."

My activities

"I'm president of the women's organization Essential, and we're putting on the play 'For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf' with the theater and dance department. I plan to use both my English and sociology backgrounds to study the black feminist movement and how culture changes the way we see things and the audience the play was originally geared toward and the significance of the time period in which the play was written in 1977.

"I co-founded Essential to bring out the conversations that need to happen on campus. We enlighten ourselves by watching movies with a global appeal, talking to each other and taking part in off-campus initiatives. We're doing research now to organize a field trip to visit another country to distribute health kits and Caesarean kits that don't cost us much to put together but can make immense differences in the lives of others. Common Ground is on the same spectrum. Both groups address differences and issues, like race, gender and sexual orientation, from different perspectives and hope to get people to see things in a different light."

Posted Feb. 1, 2010

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