Sarena T.

Graduate Ambassador at Cornell University

Hometown: Richmond, VA


Graduate Program

Graduate Program: Romance Studies, PhD

Anticipated Graduation Date: 2024


Institution: Randolph-Macon College

Major: French

My Background

I received my BA in French from Randolph-Macon College and then spent a year each working for the Teaching Assistant Program in France and City Year DC (a branch of AmeriCorps).

Why I chose Cornell

I was looking for a program that would give me the freedom to pursue intersectional research: my minor field is in Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

My research interests

My current field of inquiry explores questions of women's resistance in Francophone African and Asian literature and cinema. Other research interests include the intersections of race, gender, and identity and how issues of patriarchy, colonialism, and exophony inform the work of women writers.

My advice for those exploring graduate school

When thinking about the school you want to attend, make sure you can see yourself staying there for at least five years. Also, it's crucial that you find an advisor or professor of interest who will support you.

I'm passionate about...

Crocheting Creative writing Origami Traveling

I'm involved with...

Society for Asian American Graduate Affairs
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