Drayona D


Universities Attended

Undergraduate University: Pomona College

Year of Graduation: May 2020

Majors/Minors/Specialization: Major: Africana Studies, Literature

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Academic Accolades:

I graduated Pomona College with a 3.78 GPA. I received a 29 on the ACT, with scores of 35 in Reading and English. In my first year, I received the Office of Black Student Affairs' Outstanding First-Year Student Award, one of two awardees in 2017. In 2018, I was named a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, one of ten selected annually from the Claremont Colleges, which is home to 5,000+ undergraduate students. For my research on the origins of the Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies (IDAS), I received the inaugural Library Undergraduate Research Award for Data Visualization in 2018.

Tutoring Experience

For three years, I worked in the Pomona College Writing Center as a Writing Partner and an ID1 (introductory first-year seminar) intern. I worked with an average of 50+ students in a given semester, and I was a writing assistant to multiple classes in subjects ranging from Religious Studies and History to Linguistics and Africana Studies. In my senior year, I was the Head Writing Partner of Training, where I led training for a staff of 47 students on subjects like ESL and multilingual learning, creative writing, disability, and navigating academic relationships and receiving feedback from professors. For the entirety of my Pomona undergraduate career, I volunteered with the Draper Center for Community Partnerships in Claremont, CA for their program Pomona Partners. Pomona Partners is a non-academic mentorship program led by peer mentors/student volunteers. Every Friday we would visit students at Fremont Academy in Pomona, CA, and discuss a range of subjects related to environmental sustainability, identity formation and intersectionality, creative writing, theatre, and family histories.

Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience

I volunteered with students in 7th to 9th grade for four years. As mentioned, at Pomona Partners, we held sessions on a range of non-academic topics relating to personal development. This was a weekly commitment that was very dear to me, and I will always treasure the sessions and the bonds that we had with the students at Fremont Academy.


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