Q. What’s living on the Lawn been like?
A. It’s been a really good experience, especially being an athlete and being able to branch out and learn about different traditions and events that are going on that other people are really involved in.
African-Americans and slave laborers were the ones who built this University, so that’s been a really cool and humbling part of living on the Lawn.
Having black prospective families come in and ask me what’s it’s like – being able to speak to that experience a little bit and make the space more inviting has been really cool.
Q. How did you decide to become a global studies major?
A. In looking at different majors when I first got to UVA, I knew I was interested in anthropology or sociology, but I wanted to try and make it a little more practical. Global studies was just perfect because it had politics, economics, sociology and anthropology that you can kind of pull together and make your own major. I realized how flexible the program was and relevant to current times. I knew it would be a good major because it kind of has the human aspect to it, but also the practical piece.
Q. What was it like being a Meriwether Lewis Fellow?
A. That was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve had at UVA. Our specific project from our cohort was to look at the second-year slump, which is a national trend. Students transitioning from first to second year often find that transition to be the toughest. Looking at UVA, we found it was for a variety of different issues.
We looked at how we could possibly reduce some of the stress that second-years face. We came up with some pretty innovative solutions that we got to pitch to different deans and stakeholders at the University. Now some people are continuing with the project to see what can actually be implemented.
Q. Have you had a favorite class at UVA?
A. So far, it’s probably been “Race and Ethnic Relations.” I took it this past summer with professor Rose Buckelew. I just felt it was a very timely and relevant class. It really just changed my perspective on how I see the world. It’s been really cool to see how it relates to my other classes and things that I’m studying.
Q. One thing people don’t know about you?
A. I’m a beginner knitter. I have a scarf I started a few weeks ago. It’s just relaxing and enjoyable.