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Student Spotlight: Golda Houndoh

Get to know YWLP Big Sister, Golda Houndoh!

Name: Golda Houndoh
Major: Hopefully Global Development Studies and Anthropology
Hometown: Born in Togo, West Africa but Hometown is Leesburg, Virginia

1. Why are you passionate about your program at the Women's Center?
I'm passionate about the YWLP program at the Women's Center because my Little Sister has already showed me so much in the most subtle ways and I feel so lucky to have her and YWLP in my life.

2. What made you choose UVA over other schools you applied to?
I felt like I was at home the second I stepped on grounds-- the people, the programs, etc. It was actually my tour guide who sealed the deal, he was walking around and saying hi to all his friends and they were all so diverse and cool and (seemed) accomplished and I kind of decided that I wanted to be like them.

3. What has surprised you about UVA?
The thing thats surprised me the most at this wonderful university is the diversity within the people. I know you kind of expect to meet a lot of new people that you're not quite used to at college but the passion that i've seen in people for such a broad range of things has been amazing and rewarding and inspiring.

4. What's something you know you do differently than most people?
I'm incredibly positive. I am always happy and elated no matter what the situation. At times, people find that a bit annoying but that's simply who I am. My friends eventually get used to that and people can't help but be happy when around me (or at least, I hope).

5. If you could have coffee with anyone from history, who would it be and why?
Golda Meir-- I was named after her! She was the first woman Israeli prime minister and her passion and commitment to doing good has always baffled and inspired me


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