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Student Spotlight: Ruwimbo Makoni '15



Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 
Major
: Neuroscience
Minor: Theater

Why Union:
I wanted to go to a smaller school that had a strong sense of community and where I had the opportunity for research and interaction with professors. With the beautiful Nott and Jackson's Garden, the other prospects had no chance.

Most inspiring class:
Professor Brian Cohen's Endocrinology class is the most engaging I have ever experienced. It was amazing to learn about the many different systems and pathways that work to produce and control our hormones. Seeing how everything constantly has to be at work to ensure humans are at homeostasis was remarkable. Professor Cohen’s enthusiasm and love for the subject area were inspiring. I want to be that passionate with all my future endeavors. As for my theater classes, some of my favorites include Puppet Theater and Advanced Directing.

Also excited about
Spring term in Florence. I have not really had an opportunity to explore classes in the Visual Arts and Classics Department, which is one of the reasons I chose the Florence program. I am excited to have the classroom be based on many things going on in my surroundings and appreciate architecture for more of its history and structural beauty. I am also looking forward to immersing myself in everything Italian and getting to explore some areas of Europe I haven't seen.

Favorite study spot
The Women's and Gender Studies Lounge, third floor of the Olin Building and the Golub House Seminar Room. All of these spaces are great hideouts from distractions and each has its own home-like feel.

Activities:
World Around U, Orientation, Delta Delta Delta, Golub Council, theater. I have been involved in a couple of productions at the Yulman Theater, including In The Next Room, Orestes and Lines of Fire.

Three things I'm passionate about at Union:

  • Encouraging more diversity in all areas of campus. Whenever I get a chance, I love participating in the “I”dentity Dialogues that take place in the Unity Lounge every Thursday. It’s a great way to explore cultural topics and how they pertain to different people of all heritages. It’s also a great way to teach people more about your background and traditions.
  • Sharing all the wonderful things about the U at Orientation and getting a chance to meet new students.
  • Trying new things, such as my Portuguese class, which was fun and challenging.

Greatest Union moments
Experiencing the different cultures and countries represented by our students at the International Culture Festival in the spring.

How I'm making Union a better place
Sharing my passions with the campus community. I recently got involved with the BodyImage 3D initiative with my sorority. BI3D is a Delta initiative that encourages a more well-rounded, in-depth body image that serves as the central focal point for three key components: healthy mind, healthy body and healthy spirit. I love being able to promote wellness as well as some of the important and inspirational philosophies of the program.

Looking into the future
After Union, I want to travel some more and pursue higher education in clinical psychology.

Advice for incoming students: 
Give everything a try so that you have wonderful memories to look back on after you graduate. Four years is not as long as you think it is.