When Kamara went back to London last summer after her first year at Bryn Mawr, she spent time traveling through Europe with a friend. However, Kamara spent the majority of her summer caring for her mother, who was ill. This gave Kamara a sense of independence and a chance to reflect on what really brings her joy.
As a sophomore, Kamara interacts with the College in a very different way, including thinking more independently. She navigated through this year by taking what she knows, combining it with what Bryn Mawr offers, and using it in a positive way to find out where she fits and what she wants to do. She was determined not to become stagnant or negative, so she changed her inner voice to empower herself to bring change and make herself happy.
Kamara has always found solace through writing and appreciates hearing and telling a good story. She contributes to social media sites, writing on a variety of topics, including racism, black empowerment, and education. It was through this deep self-reflection that she decided to major in English, and minor in Africana Studies.
In addition to her academic pursuits, Kamara is the Community Diversity Assistant Co-Head, helping others with questions and concerns over matters of race, gender, and class. Race relations are never simple and are decidedly more explicit in America than at home in England. Kamara also enjoys singing with the Extreme Keys, Bryn Mawr’s oldest a cappella group. Making and listening to music, as well as creating playlists, continue to be an important part of her life.
As a Bryn Mawr College Tour Guide, Kamara welcomes prospective students and leads them on campus tours. As she presents the beauty of the College, she tells them that she stays because she sees herself continue to grow here. Bryn Mawr is a place where you can have the freedom to become independent and to pursue your academic vision.
What’s next? Last summer, Kamara visited the Black Cultural Archives in London, which inspired her to volunteer there this coming summer as an Exhibition Guide, having received the Museum Studies Internship Award as funding. She is excited to conduct research and create teacher education packets, which will dovetail nicely with her current academic and personal concentrations.