Liat Tesfazgi ’20

Day Student – Somerville, Mass.

What are you involved in at CA?

Community & Equity co-head, UMOJA (black/African American/African Carribean affinity group co-head, head peer mentor, peer tutoring, head orientation leader, Dance 4/Dance Project, co-head of Avatar Club

Why did you choose CA?

I was drawn to CA because of its atmosphere — I loved the sense of community that was clearly integral to the school both socially and academically. I was impressed by the close and highly valued bond that students were able to make not just with each other but also with teachers. This was important to me because I was someone who had applied to many schools, and I was simply searching for an environment where I could best be myself.

How would you describe common trust?

Common trust is our community’s commitment to support, development, and inclusion. It’s a recognition of how far we have come as well as an acknowledgement of how much we still have yet to accomplish. In addition, common trust recognizes that accomplishing these goals requires the dedication and commitment of every member of the community.

What is the best class you’ve taken at CA and why?

Because I really love history at CA, I have two: Modern Russia and Modern Middle East. Both classes introduced me to compelling texts, which I have continued to read outside of class, while simultaneously allowing me to synthesize and articulate my analysis through incredibly engaging discussions and lectures. To me, an indicator of my appreciation for a class lies in whether my interest in the topic moves past the classroom, and both of these classes did just that.

What is on your CA bucket list?

To drive a CA minivan.