One of the classes I’ve taken this fall is the sophomore Diversity and Social Justice seminar. It’s designed not only to make you consider the many aspects of diversity and multiculturalism in our society, but also to increase your awareness of your own identity. I think both of those goals are reinforced by what I do outside of the classroom at NMH. I’m a member of the Circle of Sisters, an affinity group for young women of color that raised a lot of money for the local food pantry this year.
This past summer, I increased my awareness of my identity in a big way. I reconnected with my native country, Ethiopia. I worked in an orphanage, and it was very powerful. It felt like an entirely new experience and like home at the same time.