Student Ambassador at Earlham College
Class of 2020
Hometown: Islamabad, Pakistan
Major: Global Management
Concentration: Management and IT
Secondary Major: Political Science
My EPIC journey took me to several incredible places. The Earlham Program provides an Integrated Curriculum that encourages experiential learning by integrating classroom courses with transformative learning experiences, including internships, research, study abroad, and leadership development. The EPIC advantage provides at least one fully funded internship, student-faculty research experience, or project to every student. Students can link their academic and personal interests with possible career paths using real-life experiences. I had great experiences with one of the Epic centers, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI), and the CoLab is one of my favorite places on campus. We spent several hours working on Methane Hub Methane Hub was also able to participate in the Hult Prize 2018 due to the funding provided by the CEI, which helped us get a lot of feedback regarding our business model. My epic experience was integral to my development as a global management and politics major. I was able to get involved in primary research by using my epic advantage, which helped me understand more about the sustainability aspects of the cruise line industry. During my 2019 summer, I returned from Athens and went on a cruise that took us to the Caribbean Islands and Dutch Antilles. I was able to interview cruise staff, island locals and customers to gain more insight into the sustainable operations of the cruise line industry. Once I returned to Earlham, I presented my findings at the Epic Expo with several other students who were on the same trip as me.
I wanted to go to a small school that values experiential learning, and after doing some research, I realized that Earlham fit the bill. It has a lot of incredible opportunities with its epic advantage, study abroad programs,, and funding for student entrepreneurship ventures. I also spoke to some students who gave me a lot of insight as to what college life is like for an Earlhamite and how can I make the most out of my experience. Also. Earlham has a barn, an observatory, a farm, and a museum, which is not typical for most colleges. Furthermore, the courses and majors offered by Earlham matched exactly what I was looking for, and the self-design major option was the cherry on top.
Earlham has a Human versus Zombies event, which is pretty rare and really fun. Both students and faculty partake in this 3 to a 5-day event to find the last human standing. I played once, and it is a great exercise that encourages community building. Depending on how many people play, there are a few zombies who tag humans, which turns them into zombies. The objective of the game is to turn all humans into zombies. Not everyone has to play, and those who are participating wear something that indicates their team. Students put in a lot of effort into this activity, and it takes a lot of planning to organize this. This event is an Earlham tradition and is definitely one of the quirkiest things I have seen.
It is very difficult to pick out a single class and call it my most favorite as each class I take appeals to different aspects of my personality. At Earlham, we take a variety of courses across all disciplines, so you get to try out things you never thought you would. I was never interested in theatre until I took a class to fulfill my Art requirement. The same can be said for Geology and computer science. Professors are warm and welcoming, which makes it easier to adapt to college life. They have an open-door policy, which makes for more effective communication, and we can perform better due to consistent feedback. Final projects for some of my classes are also very unique and exciting. For my Ancient and Classical studies, I created a Wikipedia article from scratch about a Chinese demon. During one of my political science classes, I wrote a policy brief that outlined possible government solutions for the Opioids crisis. Climate Policy was very eyeopening for me. Everyone knows about climate change, but you don't really understand the gravity of the situation unless you do some solid research. The Wikipedia article I mentioned was for my Vampires, Witches, and Demons class, which is pretty cool. I have always wanted to learn to code, and so Programming and Problem Solving is undoubtedly one of my favorite courses. Each assignment helps us apply what we learn in class to real-life situations while developing our academic skills.