The Tufts Diversity Interns are a group of students who work closely with the Admissions Office to plan on-campus programming, create web content, and provide other opportunities for prospective students to learn about the many facets of diversity represented here. Here, they share their stories.
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Major: Music and International Relations
Activities: Tufts Opera Ensemble, Torn Ticket II, Tufts Burlesque Troupe, United for Immigrant Justice, Tufts University Refugee Assistance Program (TU-RAP)
One night I was shut in the Metcalf basement while a blizzard raged outside, and I felt reassured that Tufts was right for me. It was my freshman year, the year of the Boston snowpocalypse, which, once the novelty of seeing snow fall for the first time wore off, admittedly had me cursing under my visible breath all too often, as I made my way across the absurdly snowy campus and wondered why I’d ever left my native sunny Florida. But that night, I was inside and warm, working on a puzzle with my friends in our usual hangout spot. We were all from wildly different backgrounds and involved in so many different things on campus, and yet, we all supported each other, even as we ourselves continued to learn and grow. And that's the Tufts community, that sense of fitting together somehow, like a puzzle, even with a thousand different things and a blizzard going on at the same time. I didn’t mind the storm that night at all, because I’d found people I’d gladly spend a blizzard, or even a snowpocalypse, with.
Hometown: Bronx, NY
Majors: Sociology and Political Science
Activities: Tufts TASTE, DREAM, Civic, Tufts Dems, Tufts ACLU
One of my favorite Tufts moments surprisingly enough occurred during finals week. A blizzard had just passed over the campus and I was returning to my dorm after studying all night in Tisch. My neighbors must have seen me walking down the hill because right as I turn the corner to my dorm, I get ambushed in all directions and the next thing I know I am embroiled in one of the most intense snowball fights of my young life. This goes on for about a solid 30 minutes before ending in a truce. My neighbors weren't the most social kids so to see them all come together during finals week of all times to have a little fun definitely made this one of my more memorable moments at Tufts.
Hometown: Baltimore, MD
Activities: Caribbean Student Organization, Black Men’s Group, Tufts S-Factor
By the end of my junior year of high school, I had absolutely no idea of where I wanted to go to college. However, I knew for sure that I wanted to go to a place where I didn’t have to deal with snow or any kind of cold weather. Ironically, in August of 2014 I boarded a bus for a week-long, Baltimore City sponsored tour of New England colleges. Towards the middle of the tour, we spent the latter half of a day at a school with a name I never heard of: Tufts University. I walked into Dowling Hall feeling like the last thing I wanted to sit through was another boring information session, but just mere minutes after the admissions counselor began to speak I knew I found the school that was different from all the others. The rest of the New England college tour was a blur because I knew which school would be at the top of my list. To this day, the happiest moment of my life is the moment I read “congratulations” at the top of my acceptance letter, and I hope that Tufts has many more happy moments in store for me.
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Major: American Studies
Minor: Latino Studies
Activities: United for Immigrant Justice, Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Tufts La Salsa, Tisch Scholar, BLAST Scholar, Event Staff, Diversity Admissions Council
I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. I wear NYC on my sleeve. I come from a family of 9, which includes our two cats, of course. Although we live in the city, my parents are farmers so naturally that brings up a lot of questions. It was in a long conversation about everything and nothing on the rooftop of Tisch with my Voices scavenger hunt group that I decided Tufts was the place for me. Everything felt exactly as it should be. As I embark on my second year here, I reflect on all the changes I've gone through. From hair cut and glasses to majors and interests, I have accepted change with open arms. I know I will leave this place as the person I've always intended on becoming--even if the high school version of myself didn't see the complete vision. I am thankful for the community I have formed here at Tufts that allows me to be myself in every way. My experience here wouldn't be the same without my supportive chosen family.