Hayat Ahmed

Hi! I’m Hayat Ahmed and I use she/her or they/them pronouns. I am from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, mostly (ask me about home, it’s always a good conversation) and I speak Amharic. I am a class of 2019 Psychology major as well as Women and Gender Studies (WGST) and Cross-Cultural Studies (CCST) minors. I am a former CCCE Fellow (ask me about civic engagement, also a fun conversation), co-president of Muslim Student Association (MSA), member of African and Caribbean Association (ACA), HOPE center advocate and Program Director, Books for Africa Program Director, trained clinic escort and abortion doula, member of Black Student Alliance (BSA), member of Queer, Questioning and Trans People of Color (QTPOC), contributor for Infemous (Carleton’s feminist zine publication), member of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), member of Carleton Organized Radicals, Activists and Leftists (CORAL), and a few other orgs but not as regularly.

What excites you about being at Carleton?

I love the huuuuge variety of people I have met at Carleton and I am so excited to meet all our new members. I have had amazing conversations with people from completely different backgrounds. What I learn outside of the classroom is so valuable to me and I am always excited to hear about others’ experiences and points of view. There is always something to do and ways to get involved. I think many people worry they won’t find people like them when they come to college but there are so many aspects to every person that you will find your people. It is also fascinating hearing how Carleton has shifted people's’ views of the world and of themselves. It made me question everything and I love it. Obviously, Carleton has it’s issues, like any institution, but the sense of solidarity and community I have felt here is unmatched and I am continuously thankful.

What is something you wish you had been better prepared for, before arriving at Carleton?

I wish I had better time management skills coming in as a freshman. I got involved in too many things too quickly and it affected my grades. I did not want to feel like I was missing out on any part of the college experience. I wish I had known I would have time and I just needed to learn how to prioritize. ALSO it is ok to not know things. You are NOT expected to know everything and you should DEFINITELY ask as many questions as you want/need/can!

Talk to me anytime!

Email: ahmedh2@carleton.edu

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