How has being a Posse Scholar influenced your philosophy as president?
Posse has greatly influenced my philosophy. I’m here because of Posse. I am a first-generation immigrant from Lawrence, Mass., and if this scholarship didn’t exist, I wouldn’t have applied to Denison. The skills I learned with Posse have informed the way I lead. For example, I favor personal interaction over email. I check in with people. We meet for lunch or coffee. Being a Posse Scholar has helped me to be a more hands-on, interactive leader.
What’s the hardest part of being student body president?
Time management is the most challenging part, along with finding time to reflect on my experience, because I am very intentional about that. I also have to make sure I’m doing my schoolwork. Managing it all is the hardest thing I have ever done. I remember being a first-year student and hearing [former DCGA president] Harry Brisson ’11 give his speech at the Induction Ceremony and thinking: “I don’t even know if I am going to make it through college.” So I have to make sure that I am not just going through the motions but that I am stepping up to the plate.
Do you do anything just for yourself?
I take a day off every week. I stay in and watch movies I haven’t seen. I catch up on reading, and I try to go to church or a Bible discussion every week. I like to journal, and sometimes I just like to sleep. Plus, I like to dance. I do it academically for my dance major but also over the weekends with my friends.
If you were stuck on a desert island, what book would you like to have?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. I think it’s almost my personal Bible. If I could have more than one, I’d also have Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.
Post Denison, what’s your dream job?
I really want to be the mayor of my beautiful city, Lawrence, Mass. I feel like that is something that I hold dear to my heart, and I hope to accomplish it someday. And who knows, maybe I can be a U.S. senator.
Are there people on campus who inspire you?
There are a lot; too many to name them all. Mark Orten, Denison’s chaplain, has helped me to be reflective about my college experience and has offered me spiritual guidance, which I think we all need sometimes, even if we don’t know it. Professor Dosinda Garcia-Alvite has supported me in so many ways. She is someone I want to be like when I grow up. I have good relationships with a lot of faculty and staff. Erik Farley, Gill Miller, Andy Law. The list is just really long, and I wish I could name them all. I’m grateful for the mentorship I’ve received here. It is humbling and exciting to be a part of a community with so many people to look up to and be inspired by.