Anmol Goraya ’18
Boarding student from Nashua, N.H.
Dining hall food: Breakfast for dinner, and french fries
Way to spend free time: Hanging out with my friends
Book: The Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
Place to be alone on campus: In my room or in the upper Stu-Fac area
Place to be with friends: On the Quad
Hobbies: Ceramics! I took Ceramics 1 my junior spring and fell in love with it immediately.
CA tradition: Chapels. I love that we are able to start our days with stories that allow us a glimpse into the lives of other member of our community.
Thing about CA: Our culture of open-mindedness, acceptance, and encouragement of important dialogue around issues of community, equity, and diversity
Primary Academic Interests
Student leadership, clubs, or affinity groups
Cohead of WoCA (Women of Color Alliance) and SASS (South Asian Student Society), cofounder of SImBA (Students of Immigrant Backgrounds Alliance)
Ceramics and fiber arts
What class or teacher has made the biggest impact on you?
My junior fall, I took a history elective called Modern Middle East. That class not only changed my understanding of the Middle East’s regional political, social, and cultural dynamics, but also introduced me to the general topic of global studies. Through that class, I was exposed to the intricacies of international relations, with a focus on the dynamic of the Middle East; this has shaped my plans for my college major and my future. It has also shaped my understanding of the workings of our world.
What have you learned about yourself during your time at CA?
At CA, I have had the opportunity to interact with people of all backgrounds and walks of life. I have learned a great deal about my own privileges and my own multifaceted identity. I am grateful for this opportunity; I am able to see myself as both an individual and a part of the larger social dynamic on both a national and a global scale.
What advice do you have for an incoming student?
Something I wish I had known as an incoming freshman was that it’s okay to take chances in high school. These four years are about exploration, self-discovery, trying, and failing. Use this time in this space to allow yourself to grow and explore — academically, yes, but just as importantly, socially and emotionally.