Fatoumata Ceesay was born in the Bronx, New York, but she calls Madison her hometown. Now a UW–Madison sophomore studying journalism and sociology, Ceesay, whose family is originally from Gambia, is among the 23 percent of Muslim Americans who identify as black—an intersectionality Ceesay says is invaluable on campus, where she serves on the board of the Muslim Student Association.
This weekend, 8,123 students will graduate from UW–Madison, their individual stories becoming part of the rich history of the Badger experience. Some overcame immense challenges to get here. Many persevered through adversity to earn their degrees. All have achieved a cherished goal.
Through powerful words and personal reflection, students examine the impact of a liberal arts education in an annual essay contest. Read excerpts from this year's first place winner Justine Jones and runner up Anna Blasco.
For Hiwot Adilow, words are vehicles. They take her back to her hometown of Philadelphia and transport her to Ethiopia, where her parents are from. They’re what brought her to UW-Madison and what she uses to explore and understand the world.
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic society honoring the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, ΦΒΚ stands for freedom of inquiry and expression, disciplinary rigor, breadth of intellectual perspective, the cultivation of skills of deliberation and ethical reflection, the pursuit of wisdom, and the application of the fruits of scholarship and research in practical life.
Three UW-Madison students have been named winners of the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, for their undergraduate work in the sciences. Cory Cotter, Emily Jewell and Lucas Oxtoby were winners of the scholarship, while Elizabeth Penn was selected as an honorable mention.
UW-Madison student Hajjar Baban is one of two finalists for the inaugural position of National Youth Poet Laureate. The title will be bestowed for the first time on April 26 by the literary arts organization Urban Word and leading national poetry organizations.
UW-Madison student Colin Harris, a senior in computer science, has written code since freshman year and had five software engineering internships. So when he got an idea for a journaling app he called “Journalit,” he had the skills to make it happen, with the help of computer science junior Shane Lian.