Arianna O.

Ambassador at Emory University

Class of 2025

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Major: Undeclared

My favorite thing to do in Atlanta is...

One of Atlanta's most amazing attributes is the fact that it is a city in a forest. This makes exploring it so much more fun, because green outlets like Lullwater Park and Piedmont Park are so close to urban areas that my friends and I can visit so much in one day. That being said, my favorite thing to do in Atlanta is explore the nature that is adjacent to the city!

On a random day, you're most likely to find me….

I love taking advantage of Emory's peaceful green spaces to relax and get creative. Because of this, you are most likely to find me on a lawn chair in the quad listening to music and painting! My absolute favorite spot is under a tree near the Carlos Museum.

What is your favorite Emory tradition?

My favorite Emory tradition is Songfest! First-year students meet with everyone in their residence halls during their first week on campus to rehearse a parody song and dance routine that was created by the hall staff. Each group performs in front of the entire first year class in what ends up being one of the most memorable and hilarious nights of the entire year. It is such an amazing way to build community and meet other new Emory students who are just like you!

What has been your most impactful class?

Though I would have never expected it when I first enrolled, my most impactful class has been HIST100. Every time we met, a guest professor from one of Emory’s academic departments delivered a lecture about a topic that they are passionate about, sharing its significance within a greater historical context as well as the modern day. We have had the opportunity to hear from award winning scholars, journalists, scientists, and even our Dean Michael Elliot, each providing their own perspective to contribute to a larger conversation about the human past. We have learned about the history of climate crises, globalization, race and gender relations, religious persecution, politics within pandemics, art clashing with war, and countless other striking topics across continents, time periods, and academic disciplines. Being exposed to these concepts, I feel that my mind has been opened not only to a world of additional academic interests, but to the wider lens of the human experience.

I'm passionate about...

Community Engagement Public Health Anthropology volunteering with children Biology women in science Performing Arts Fine Arts Painting

I'm involved with...

Undergraduate Research Peer Health Partner Emory Reads Outdoor Emory Partners in Health Engage
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