By Taylor Finke
On Aug. 24 at Opening Convocation, Tendai Kwaramba, biochemistry and biology senior, was revealed as this year’s Scholar of the College. The honor is awarded to the senior with the highest grade point average, who has been selected from full-time students enrolled in campus-based programs and has earned 85 or more hours.
According to Kwaramba, the honor took her completely by surprise when she saw her name on the program. “On the day that I saw it, it felt pretty amazing,” Kwaramba said. When asked if this was always one of her goals, she replied, “No. It was definitely not a goal. I just wanted to get the grades and be involved.”
Kwaramba, originally from Zimbabwe, is very active in on-campus activities outside of academics. She is involved with Green Team, Tri Beta, Ukulele Society, and is also a student ambassador. She currently works as an organic chemistry tutor, a genetics teacher’s assistant, and also works in the library and the admissions office. When she’s not working or doing homework, Kwaramba loves to read and hang out with her friends.
She suggests that students should get involved in campus life, but also advises, “Make your academic work your priority.” Kwaramba adds that in order to be successful, students need to strive to graduate. She herself has always followed that rule. “School always comes first,” she said.
Of her homework load, Kwaramba admits, “It can be quite a handful, because I am juggling two majors. I need to do at least two hours a day, so I don’t have to do any homework on Saturday.”
Kwaramba originally chose Southwestern because her brother came here first. She got to attend school with him for a year before he graduated in 2009. She enjoyed the experience, since she hadn’t seen him for four years. Kwaramba hopes to attend medical school after graduating.
Taylor Finke is a freshman majoring in English. You may e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.