Alexandra Hatem

Major: Geosciences and English
Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts


Alexandra Hatem '12

I value the intellect I'm constantly exposed to at Wellesley, as well as the physical, economic, cultural, and emotional diversity that shape the approach any student will have to a question, issue, interest, or problem.

Why did you come to Wellesley?

To be frank, I wasn't keen on Wellesley until I spent time on campus. Coming from a large, urban, public co-ed high school, I was afraid to attend a small, suburban, all-women's, private college because it was unlike anything I had ever done before. After I spent some time on campus and met some students, my fears went away and I realized Wellesley students were actually normal and approachable. Even though I knew I wasn't as cultured, intelligent, or well-rounded as the students I met when I visited as a prospie, I met people I aspired to be like. I chose Wellesley because of the mentors and role models I knew I would have here, helping me grow until I could help others.
 

What's something fun you've done here recently?

Lip Sync is this great event that happens once a semester, where groups of students perform a choreographed dance act while lip syncing to a song of their choice. It's a really fun event, and always draws a big crowd. After every Lip Sync, I leave with a big smile.

Do you have a favorite spot on campus?

I spend a lot of time in the KSC, our gym on campus. I enjoy attending a lot of home athletic events and staying active. Also, I have a few jobs there, where I help the assistant athletic director staff home games, the athletic trainers prepare athletes for practice/games and manage their rehab, and the sports information director with action photographs and release writing. Spending time at the KSC is fun and exciting, and provides balance in my life by pursuing interests outside the classroom.

Is there something you're particularly passionate about?

I'm passionate about Residential Life on campus. After being a resident assistant for two years, I am currently a house president. My role as house president is to be a resource to other students and to build community within my Res Hall and across campus. I enjoy working with other students as well as professional staff to make Wellesley feel welcoming, inviting, and inclusive to all students.

What would you say is your proudest achievement at Wellesley?

Simply being here! Any other achievement at Wellesley is icing on the cake. Thriving socially, emotionally, and intellectually at an institution like Wellesley makes me proud of myself.

How has Wellesley surprised you?

Wellesley surprised me with the diversity of interests among students. Even though students arrive knowing they want to make an impact in the lives of others, the ways in which this happens are so diverse. I value the intellect I'm constantly exposed to at Wellesley, as well as the physical, economic, cultural, and emotional diversity that shape the approach any student will have to a question, issue, interest, or problem.