Ahalia Persaud, '15 Travels to South Africa

July 02, 2014

Ahalia Persaud

Ahalia went to South Africa for the summer! We asked her a few questions.

What are you studying?

Sociology and arts administration.

Where are you spending the summer? What are you doing?

I started my summer by going to South Africa the day after commencement to cap off the faculty led course on Human Rights in South Africa for three weeks. It was a journalism and political science course where we studied about South Africa during the Spring Semester. Then went there to engage and converse with the people of South Africa and write stories and report back to the outside world. I am now in Brooklyn, NY (my hometown) where I am interning at DUMBO Improvement District as the Community Development Intern and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) as the Curatorial Arts Intern. Both of these internships connect well with my areas of study, so I am looking forward to what other opportunities they will lead me to.

What's the most rewarding part of your experience so far?

The most rewarding part of my experience so far has been connecting with people and doing it in the places I love. I love South Africa - not only the atmosphere, but the people's willingness to share their experiences and the history of apartheid and 20 years of democracy. I definitely want to go back soon because three weeks was not enough.

What excites you most about coming back to Simmons in the fall?

I am excited to reflect and share my experiences with everyone at Simmons when I return in the fall. My Human Rights in South Africa classmates and I are planning something BIG, but you will have to wait and be on the lookout for the next year! Most importantly, I am excited to graduate and gather all the experiences, opportunities and skill Simmons has provided me with to conquer any and everything else that follows Simmons.