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Hannah Young ’15

 

Brandeis Inside Out: Hannah Young

Get the inside skinny on what it means to be Brandeisian from students themselves

Hannah Young ’15 is a triple major in African and Afro-American studies, anthropology and international and global studies. Originally from Branford, Ct., Young is an undergraduate departmental representative for AAAS.

Describe your most Brandeisian moment.

It was a late March afternoon my first semester as a midyear. It had been a very cold winter and all of a sudden it warmed up — to 80 degrees! Everybody went out to the Great Lawn; Brandeis staffers brought out sprinklers and gave out free Popsicles. People played football and sunbathed in their bathing suits. That semester, the midyears had sort of claimed the little hill by the lawn with a tree swing and named it Mount Midyear. We had so much fun hanging out in the warm sun, getting to know each other and other non-midyears.

What’s your proudest accomplishment outside the classroom?

I received the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice WOW Fellowship, and last summer went to South Africa to work with Streetlight Schools, an amazing organization that is designing and implementing an innovative education model in Johannesburg. I conducted research and learned about effective methods of urban education. It was an incredible opportunity and gave me many skills I’ll need when I start teaching in New York City with Teach for America in the fall.

What’s the biggest impact a teacher has had on you?

Professor Wellington Nyangoni in African and Afro-American studies has challenged me and pushed me to achieve more. In fact, he encouraged me to conduct my own field research. He’s had so many different experiences in development and politics, he provides firsthand knowledge of discussion topics in class. He is one of Brandeis’ faculty gems.

What defines a Brandeis student?

If there is one thing that defines a Brandeis student, it is passion. All the people I’ve been lucky enough to get to know over the past few years all have passion — to fight for racial equality, gender equality or climate change. They educate themselves at the highest level in their particular field of interest, or find ways to travel the world and learn from different experiences. It’s inspiring to live here; seeing such passion in my peers has pushed me to pursue my own goals.

Hannah Young ’15 is the Tani Sackler Krouse '57 Scholar