University: Tufts University
Major: Quantitative Economics and International Relations
Languages: Swahili, French, Luhya
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Biography: I am a first-year student at Tufts University majoring in Quantitative Economics and International Relations, with a focus on International Development Economics. I was born and raised in a rural village of Vihiga, Kenya, an area with a very high poverty rate. Subsequently, I am very interested in developing countries’ economics and have volunteered and researched with UNICEF and World Bank on projects aimed towards alleviating poverty in Kenya. Growing up in a polygamous family in a traditional Kenyan community has made me acutely aware of controversial traditional practices in our society. I plan to go to law school, because I am very passionate about human rights and social justice. At Tufts, I am a member of the debate and Model UN teams, a Teaching Assistant in the Computer Science department, a blogger for the Admissions office, an editor for Tufts Daily newspaper and a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters.