International Relations and Global Studies
Liberal Arts Honors
Other Academic Interests:
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
It’s hard to know what the Forty Acres Scholars Program is really like until you’ve met the people who make up the program. It wasn’t until Finalist Weekend, when I met the program’s managers, donors, and all of my fellow finalists, that I realized a fraction of what the Forty Acres Scholars Program was and everything it did for the people who were part of it. Having moved as often as my family has, one of my first priorities everytime I “started over” in a new city, state, or country was finding a community I could immerse myself in. But I didn’t want to just join a community, I wanted to be part of a community that would bring out the best possible version of myself. Watching the interactions between the upperclassmen scholars at Finalist Weekend, I realized that the Forty Acres Scholars Program gave me just that: a community that I know will constantly inspire and motivate me to be a force for change in this world. Of course all the other resources that come with being a scholar within FASP drew me to the program as well. As an incoming freshman scholar, I already have connections with so many alumni, donors, and upperclassmen, as well as opportunities which include a stipend that will allow me to have a study abroad experience while implementing a project of my own creation. As a youth activist about to start the next major phase of her life, I am looking forward to being surrounded by all of these people and resources that will support and encourage me to learn and grow over the next four years and beyond.