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Class of 2019 Highlights

Alumna Bintou Bakusa Jobarteh Writes About Her Experiences as a First-Gen Student for Forbes.com

by Angela Wood | December 13, 2019

Spelman Alumna Bintou Bakusa JobartehIt took Bintou Bakusa Jobarteh, C’2019, a while to adjust to college life. After taking a 14-hour bus ride from the South Bronx, New York, to Atlanta, she moved into Abby Rockefeller Hall without the assistance of her family members, who were unable to accompany her to campus.

From that point on, she felt out of place until she connected with Spelman’s Social Justice Fellows Program. Jobarteh recently shared her experiences in an editorial penned for Forbes.com.



First Gen College Students Are Trailblazers, Setting A Foundation For Others To Succeed

In Her Own Words: An Excerpt From the Forbes.com Article:  

"Although my experience as a first generation college student was challenging, Spelman has given me so much. It has given me lifelong sisters and an extended family who watched over me. It has given me professors who have welcomed me into their humble abodes for long chats, wisdom and prayer. It has provided me with the opportunity to travel abroad for the first time to Brazil  and immerse myself in Afro-Brazilian culture," Jobarteh wrote. 

"Spelman gave me the language, confidence, and style I needed to navigate this world. It has centered my blackgirlhood in their curriculum and drilled in me the importance of giving back."

Where else would I have studied the work of powerful women such as Audre Lorde, Alice Walker, and Angela Davis or learned about "Pedagogy of the Oppressedby Paolo Freire?

Nowhere! 

Read Jobarteh's Full Article