Awa Sanou was born and raised in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. She left her country for the first time to attend the Lester B. Pearson College in Canada. During that time, she took a year off to work at a candle workshop in a community center for disabled adults in Maharashtra, India. Awa studied economics and political science at Middlebury College and hopes to pursue a career in development.
Listen to Awa recounting her journey to Middlebury.
Sopheak Chheng was the first Cambodian United World College graduate, and the first Cambodian to attend Middlebury College. He studied philosophy. Sopheak is actively involved in web mastering, especially in combination with his interest in photography. He built the Middlebury International Students Organization web site and is currently running three of his own websites: Khmeridea.com, Sopheak.us and Sopheakphoto.com. He uses these sites to share his knowledge with the world and to inspire as many as people he can. His Facebook fan page has more than four thousand followers.
Why is he majoring in philosophy? Sopheak explains:
Jeremy Cline, from Bar Harbor, Maine, studied religion and dance in a joint major that combined the two disciplines. At Middlebury, Jeremy was involved with many performances, while also teaching yoga and capoeira.
He enjoys moving wildly, being completely still, and being outside.
Cedar Attanasio was a geography/Spanish major from New Mexico. He studied abroad in Spain, where he explored the cliffs of Cantabria and the castles of Córdoba. Cedar was recently featured in Middlebury Magazine´s "How Did You Get Here?" series. His own journalism appears on his blog and in The Campus. He is also working on a Watson Fellowship proposal to explore stilt-walking in Spain, West Africa, and Trinadad and Tobago.
Laxman Timilsina comes from the hills of Nepal and is a graduate of Mahindra United World College. He was an economics major at Middlebury, with a special interest in development economics.
He is currently looking for jobs, although he plans to attend graduate school in the future. Laxman enjoys playing soccer in his free time. He would like to thank Shelby Davis for four amazing years at Middlebury.
Zaheena Rasheed, from Male', Maldives, studied political science at Middlebury. The summer before her junior year, she interned in President Mohamed Nasheed's office in her home country. Her ambition to become the first female president of the Maldives was recently weakened when she discovered a love for academic work, especially the statistical analysis of political phenomena.
Anika James is from Shelburne, Vermont. After spending two years at the UWC Adriatic, she decided to return home for four more years in beloved Vermont. At Middlebury, her Spanish major gave her free reign to study everything from astronomy to linguistics. Now that she's graduated, Anika hopes to get involved with environmental activism, running grassroots political campaigns in the U.S.
Daniel Pulido, from Colombia, went to UWC-AC before studying Political Science and Economics at Middlebury. Thanks to Midd he has developed interests, ideas and skills that he thought he would never have.