1. What study abroad experience were you in
1. What study abroad experience were you in
Jonathan-Phillip (JT) Anderson
1. How did you get involved in comedy?
Youtube I highly recommend watching; it’s hilarious. Another comedian who’s great at using comedy as a way to promote political and social critical thought is someone we’re planning on bringing to Colgate at the end of the semester. The contracts aren’t signed yet though, so I can’t say who just yet.
mention now is that we’re doing an all-women lineup on February 25th, hosted by Sydney Schultz ’19. I think that will be dope. Obviously, stand up is so male-dominated, having an all-women lineup should be refreshing.
I visited local Gurdwaras (Sikh temples), went to markets with my friends, attended weekly
plays, and traveled to various cities.
Hometown: Imperial, CA
Major: Educational Studies
Class Year: 2017
What are you involved with on campus?
As a senior, what advice would you give younger students on campus?
DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Being at Colgate is not easy, but there are tons of ways to make it a little more bearable. I started doing at least one major thing I want to do a day (although lately it’s been more like 3 a day). No matter how much work I have, at the end of the day, I make sure I’ve done something I chose to do whether it’s watching a movie or going for a run or baking something.
In what ways have you felt OUS has impacted your time while at Colgate?
There’s a reason why OUS is a family. Having people who can both call you out on your bullshit but also be there for you at 3 a.m. is incredibly hard to find at a place like this, but it’s super necessary!! I’m so lucky to be part of my amazing ’17 OUS class. Also, shout out to Frank Frey and Frank Kuan who have been there for us since Day 1.
What has been the highlight of your Colgate experience thus far?
Despite the ways in which Colgate has failed me, it has also given me so so much. I am mostly thankful for all the people I’ve gotten to know over these past 4 years. I’d have to say that the highlight of my Colgate experience is getting to share it with my brothers.
Greek Organization: Kappa Kappa Gamma
2. What has been your favorite thing about being in your organization so far?
Greek Organization: Phi Kappa Tau
2. What has been your favorite thing about being in your
organization so far?
Max: Everyone in my organization. When I walk into the house, I feel like I’m somewhere where I am 100% welcome. It’s not a space where I look like everyone or have had the same experiences but at the same time I can feel that my brothers do genuinely care about me.
This past summer, the OUS/ First Gen house was completely renovated including new floors, computer labs, a lounge with a television and video game area, homework space, a group study room and printers! Upstairs are the offices of OUS Directors Frank Frey and Frank Kuan, Graduate Residential Fellow Salote Tenisi ’15 and Assistant Dean and Director of First Generations Program Drea Finley ’13. The house is open to all OUS students, First Generation students and their friends. Students are constantly found using the space to work on homework together, cook dinner for one another or just hang out and watch a movie.
One first-year student was asked where his favorite place on campus was, and he replied “my favorite place on campus is the OUS/ First Gen house. Sometimes it gets hard to be so far away from your family when you are at college and the house became my home away from home”.
Two biology students agreed that they have no idea what they would do without the group study room in the house. “We are always meeting here before exams with our peers to go over notes and study together”.
Students have even utilized the house to host performances and get-togethers. Often times, different themed nights occur in the house such as poetry night, where students gather and recite different work and share new ideas with friends.
For everyone, family dinners in the house are a very cherished time. Students from all four years as well as Frank Frey, Frank Kuan, Drea and Salote come together to enjoy a great meal and just catch up with one another.
The OUS house is a place for students to unwind, get work done, relax, and have fun with one another. Many students cannot imagine their time at Colgate without having the house as their sanctuary!
Name: Regine (Ré) Cooper
Hometown: Fort Meyers, Florida
Major/ Minor: Political Science/Economics
Name: Abu Daramy
Class Year: 2020
Q1: What was the highlight of your OUS experience?
The highlight of my OUS experience was when we went on a trip to the amusement park, Darien Lake. I had a lot of fun there and had a chance to bond with the other OUS kids more.
Q2: What activities are you involved in on campus?
As of right now, the football team is the only thing I’m affiliated with. But after the season is over, I’m looking to try out for the dance group “Melanated”.
Q3: What is the most challenging thing about being a student-athlete?
The most challenging part of being a student-athlete is trying to balance out school and sports. Because of the time-constraint, it’s hard to try and do the same amount of work as students who don’t play sports. There is lifting, meetings, and practices throughout the day that are mandatory, and then there is traveling for games. It is possible and has been done by many, but it is still very difficult.
This might sound very cliché, but I didn’t go out searching for a sport to play. Football found me at a very young age. All of my cousins played and my brother played. Ever since I was first introduced to the game at the age of 5, I couldn’t stay away from it. Being on a football field lets me let go of all of my worries in the world and makes me feel like I’m in a whole different world with my teammates whether in practice or a game. And it also gives me the opportunity to hit someone as hard as I can without getting in trouble for it.
Name: Kalani Byrd
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
1. What type of activities are you involved in on campus?
On campus, I have held a number of work-related positions. I worked as a Research Assistant
for Dr. Tomlinson in the Psychology Department for two years and as a Student
Caller for the Office of the Annual Fund. I also spent time working in the Merchandising Department of the Colgate Bookstore. I am a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and have served on its philanthropy committee throughout my membership. In my senior year, I was the Vice President of Colgate’s Panhellenic Council, which works closely with Colgate’s Administration and the Interfraternity Council to ensure that sorority life runs smoothly on campus.
2. What legacy/ idea are you hoping to leave at Colgate when you graduate?
I want people to see that a first-generation woman of color can be successful at Colgate. It was a blessing for me to have the opportunity to attend this university and I did everything I could to reap the benefits, enjoy my time here and set myself up for future success. Colgate is such a generous place and you definitely can find the right people here to help you do well and support you along the way. I also want to leave people understanding that despite some flaws in the system, there can be a place for women of color in Greek Life at Colgate, seeing as I have had such a positive experience and have found some of my best friends through it. Finally, I hope I leave people with an understanding that you do not have to study something “mainstream” or “expected” to be successful. You should absolutely only do what you want to do; I started out on the pre-med track, changed to Peace & Conflict studies because it’s what I truly loved studying, and still have a great job lined up after I graduate!
3. How has being in OUS impacted your college experience? Do you see OUS impacting your life after Colgate?
OUS has tremendously impacted my time here at Colgate. Although I was so annoyed back then to be spending my last summer before college taking classes here, I’ve come to realize that it was all totally worth it. Having those two classes and the experience of those two classes really prepared me for Colgate’s academic challenges. Having a family of faculty and professors who I can go to when I need literally anything at all, has been invaluable. Some of my very best friends who I know I will be with for life I also found from that summer and OUS. These are memories and people that are going to be with me for a lifetime – and for that, I am forever grateful to OUS