New Magic

By Adama Kamara 

Each year Emory welcomes a great deal of new students to its main campus, ranging from Oxford continuees to freshmen who come from all over the world. These new faces with diverse interests will unite on Emory’s main campus this fall, eager to empower their passions and display their various talents. 


Take incoming Freshman and Gates Millennium scholar, Muhammad Mukaaram for example. Muhammad was born in Atlanta but growing up he split his time between Atlanta and Dakar, Senegal. He says that growing up in these two cities was a “Great experience. I was able to get more grounded culturally and also really appreciate my African heritage. It also helped me spiritually, being Muslim.” Mukkaram took his passion for his religion and connecting with his heritage and decided to take a gap year in Senegal to focus on Islamic studies. “Throughout high school I worked really hard and wanted to take a break. I also wasn’t sure If I was mentally mature enough for college, and this gap year has really helped me get to that point,” he says. As for the future, Mukaaram is most excited about learning new things and knows that Emory will be the perfect environment for him to do so. 


Some are coming from a little bit closer to campus, like junior and Oxford continuee Maya Rayann Foster from Brooklyn, New York. Maya was heavily involved on Oxford’s campus, both her freshman and sophomore year. She worked closely with the BSA as both a freshman representative, and eventually president, in addition to her involvement with the NAACP, Emory Spear Club and more. Maya says she wants to use these leadership positions and experiences towards “building a sense of unity in the black community by facilitating and fostering communication.” In addition to being BSA president, Maya’s really proud that “Black people, and especially black women, had their hand in everything at Oxford,“ and hopes that this involvement will continue in the following years at Emory. 



For Freshman Aaron Campbell, from Charleston, South Carolina, Emory really struck his interest when he took a tour of the campus last fall. “I especially enjoyed that there seemed to be plenty of culture especially within the black community. The uplifting vibe of that community is something I really wanted to be a part of.” In high school Aaron took up numerous leadership positions. He even received The Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Scholarship – in memory of the late Reverend C. Pinkney of the Charleston 9- for his admirable efforts in bettering his community. However, Aaron says, “Leadership wise, I want to take a backseat as a freshman and understand the environment of Emory. I want to see everything and take in as much as possible to grow and become the leader I want to be in this community.”


Another new face committed to service is Oxford continuee, Jaelaan Gore, from Conyers, Georgia. Jaelaan is particularly proud of all the work she helped accomplish for future Oxford students as the historian of the BSA and as a member of the Inclusive Curriculum Committee. “Oxford definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone because I was able to have a voice on campus without ever feeling overwhelmed,” she says. “The biggest thing that I learned from Oxford was how to advocate for myself and others. I hope that I can continue to contribute to my campus and specifically the black community through advocacy work. I especially hope to apply these abilities as the service chair for BSA this year and as a member of my sorority, Delta Sigma Theta.” 


Freshman Rachel McNeil from Dallas, Georgia hopes to be able to combine two of her passions as a student in her coming years at Emory: art and science. Rachel values her involvement in the arts from the visual arts to performing arts, at the same time Rachel is excited about research she’s done with biotechnology and hopes to continue that in her educational experience and ultimately transition that into a career. Rachel is passionate about making people aware that being involved in the two areas are not mutually exclusive, but, in fact, can be used together. She wants to be a part of the shift from STEM to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math. “I want to bring a different point of view to Emory, especially when it comes to STEAM,” she says. “I want to bring some leadership skills to this initiative and I’d and like to show people with my own experiences that there are ways to fulfill a passion in both the arts and sciences.”

How to #Finesse EMORY!

By Linda Akinnawonu & Mariah Doze

College students are always looking for ways to cut costs and stay afloat during their academic experience. Emory students are no exception. Let’s be real, Emory is not the cheapest nor the easiest school to attend. That’s why every year Emory students learn the art of finessing! Finesse. We’ve all heard the word used before. Urban Dictionary defines it as: “The unique ability to maneuver seamlessly around people or objects in a smooth manner” (Finesse_Gang_Member 2015). Emory students have discovered ways to enjoy their Emory experience while avoiding some major inconveniences. In this article, some of our alumni and current students give you advice on how you can #Finesse Emory!

  1. “Don’t play yaself with QTM. Take the class with many friends in different sections because it truly takes a village to pass that s***!”
  2. “Emory paid for my extra semester of school under the Advantage Program because I reached the limit of loans so I took an extra semester willingly. I applied for a travel grant to use an Emory bus to take the Emory black community to the AUC for a “program”. When I was in Black Star, we used to use our funding for soul food at almost every program we had.”
  3. “Feel like you’re going to need an afternoon snack and you have nothing but meal swipes left? Bring a backpack and get yourself a couple of napkins. Go get you a slice or two of pizza and bring it back to your seat. Wrap it up and stuff it in your backpack. Walk out like nothing happened.”
  4. “At the end of the year, the rich kids would throw away their “barely used” TVs, room supplies and school supplies. Finessed flat screens and more.”
  5. “It is super easy to sneak into the DUC. We’d practically walk in without getting ID’d. Get our plates and go!”
  6. “If you become a scholar finalist, you will probably leave the interview with a scholarship! Plenty of kids who come are really just trying to go to the Ivies so they never cared about Emory in the first place. If you don’t make it as an Emory Scholar, then maintain a certain GPA, so you can get the Dean’s Achievement Scholarship for your last two years which includes all the privileges of becoming a Scholar.”
  7. “Be nice to the workers in the DUC! They will hook you up! And plus they are generally nice!”
  8. “Bring a bike! This way you can wake up 10 minutes before class and still be on time! Don’t be the kid that is always running to class. You might trip on a loose brick – particularly beware of the ones by Cox Hall. Trust me.”
  9. “I suggest to the incoming freshmen males to get their haircuts at Faith barbershop located on Caroline street. The haircuts are fresh, sharp, and dope. They do everything from curls to waves. Also, go with a friend and split the uber.”
  10. “Get an upperclassman friend if you want Dooley’s and an underclassman friend if you want meal swipes.”
  11. “If you want your braids done, don’t go into Atlanta to find a hairstylist. Literally, just hit up Ifechi: @Ifechibraids on instagram.”
  12. “More general advice I would give to all incoming freshmen is to utilize tupperware. Get you some food from the duc DUC or even events going on campus and save it for the week or a midnight snack.”
  13. “One time my professor tried to assign a long homework assignment that was not on the syllabus. I didn’t do it and explained why. He excused me. That’s how you finesse your way out of a homework assignment at Emory.”
  14. “Be on the lookout for free screenings around campus. The film and media department once hosted a special screening for free of Get Out before it was released in theaters! Other departments have shown films such as Moonlight and Hidden Figures while they were still playing theaters as well.”
  15. “Check out guest speaker events going on around campus as well. My freshman year, a friend who worked at the DUC office told me about an entrepreneurship talk going on featuring Jermaine Dupri and then two weeks later I got to intern for him!”
  16. “Don't waste your money on Microsoft Office if you purchased a new laptop. Emory students get access to download the newest versions every year through their email.”
  17. “If you enjoy using tools such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and can do with using it on the go, use the computers in the music and media library located on the the fourth floor of Woodruff library and enjoy access to those applications and more during its open hours.”
  18.  “Apparently, Emory students have full access to if you need to or are interested in looking up your family history.”
  19. “Peavine parking garage is open on weekends for anyone who lives in the city and doesn't regularly drive a car on campus.”
  20. “If you gradually go to Cox and take a couple plastic forks, spoons, and knives, I guarantee you won't ever have to buy plasticware ever again.”
  21. “Before you decide to give something away such as a printer or even dinner plates, list your items on Emory Buy & Sell on Facebook. You'll be surprised what some Emory students will buy.”
  22. “If you go to the computer lab in the Math and Science Center they have free printing.”
  23. “Cox Hall breakfast is pretty slept on. You can get eggs, pancakes, grits, bacon, and a biscuit for half the price of a typical breakfast at Highland Bakery.”
  24. “As an Emory student, you also have free access to, which provides courses for you to learn nearly anything from computer programming to becoming a photographer.”
  25. “Don't feel pressured by professors to buy those $300 textbooks unless you're taking a science course or it’s otherwise imperative of you to do so. If you can't opt out of buying a textbook altogether search for cheaper alternatives through Amazon, CHEGG, Emory Buy & Sell, or through the local library. Also, e-book rentals are significantly cheaper than hardcover and paperback texts. Some websites allow you to download e-textbooks from their databases.”

So, there you have it. Keep these pieces of advice in your pocket and you’ve got Emory in the bag.















Young, Educated, and Black: Advice from Emory’s 2017 Grads

By: Imani Brooks & Kira Tucker

For us, we are proud to be a Black student at Emory because our community is full of people with different ideas, beliefs, and purposes who are united by the love for their melanin and culture. The diversity among us is magical and allows us to lean on each other to complete a purposeful undergraduate experience at a predominantly white institution. Even though the Class of 2017 has left campus for better and bigger opportunities, a few graduates are graciously giving us their wise advice to help us make our own path at Emory. Everyone’s definition of success is different, but these interviews of Tamara Mason, Segun Adeagbo, Justin McCarroll, and Ivy Love Kilpatrick remind us that striving is not about the destination but about the journey. Find inspiration in their words for the upcoming school year and stay true to your identity, your culture, as you maneuver your way towards your diploma.



Name: Tamara Mason

Degree: B.A. in English

Current Plans: I am currently in Dallas, TX pursuing a masters of science in Education from Johns Hopkins School of Education while also participating as a resident in the Urban Teacher program. (Urban Teachers is a four-year alternative teacher certification program that gives its participants the experience and support needed in the classroom while also pursuing a Master's from Johns Hopkins.)

Organizations and Activities You Were Involved With: Member of the Omicron Xi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, President of the Association of Caribbean Educators and Students (ACES), Dance Captain/Liaison of ACES Dance, Program Intern for the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services, Writing Tutor in the Emory Writing Center, Mentor Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE) Mentorship Program, Creative Director for Black Star Magazine

Something You Wish You Knew Before Starting as an Undergrad: Have ALL of the fun, BUT remember that your time as an undergrad will fly by in the blink of an eye; so, savor everything and take initiative in all aspects of your undergraduate career. It is never too late to be thinking about summer opportunities, senior year and postgraduate opportunities. This is your life and you have to take control.

An Inspirational Quote That Defined Your Undergrad Experience: “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen.” –Paulo Coelho

One of the Biggest Lessons You’ve Learned at Emory: Black Lives Matter


Name: Segun Adeagbo

Degree: B.S. in Biology, B.A. in Philosophy

Current Plans: I’m a Clinical Research Coordinator at Emory’s Division of Pediatric Nephrology. I’m doing that for two years and then applying to medical school

Organizations and Activities You Were Involved With: I was involved in the Brotherhood of Afrocentric Men ’13, Trickanometry (TNT), and Orientation

Something You Wish You Knew Before Starting as an Undergrad: Before college, I wish I knew that making real friends would be easy and that I didn’t have to pretend during the first couple of weeks to make friends. For some people, like myself, it’s hard to be yourself at all times and you want to make friends as soon as possible. I wish I knew not to care too much and that, if I waited, I would create genuine, long-lasting friends. 

An Inspirational Quote That Defined Your Undergraduate Experience: “There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self” – Ernest Hemingway

One of the Biggest Lessons You’ve Learned At Emory: Something I learned was that if you come to college with expectations to accomplish certain things, you might not get to do everything or anything you originally planned to. That shouldn’t discourage you. You’re supposed to change and grow in college and, with that, your goals are likely to change. Sometimes you don’t get to change in the areas you really want to, but that could mean you need to put more work and time into it. There was this one moment junior year when I realized I didn’t accomplish any of the major things I set out to do yet and it brought me down for a while. I felt like I was stagnant the whole time and I feel like everyone has a similar moment when they feel like they aren’t where they want to be. However, I learned to accept that maybe the things I set for myself were not so easy that I could do them in four years. Some people need to work and struggle to accomplish things they want, but I know that it provides a greater satisfaction in the end.     


Name: Justin McCarroll

Degree: B.A. in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics

Current Plans: I’m currently employed as a case manager at Morgan and Morgan so I’ll be doing that for two years before going to law school.  I’m doing this primarily to build some solid credit and begin my investing journey that way I’ll be financially OK once I’m in law school.
Organizations and Activities You Were Involved With: Omega Psi Phi, NPHC, BAM, TNT, Res Life, Phi Sigma Tau (Philosophy honors society.)
Something You Wish You Knew Before Starting as an Undergrad: I wish I knew the importance of things like internships and work experience relating to your future career.  My parents did not go to college so I spent my summers working odd jobs for spare change. Had I known better, I would have made those summers more meaningful. 
An Inspirational Quote That Defined Your Undergraduate Experience: The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.”  (translated from Nietzsche)
One of the Biggest Lessons You’ve Learned At Emory: If you do what is expected of you and do so consistently, you will have set your self up for success in whatever it is you’re doing.  For example, doing the assigned readings. At least in humanities classes, the students who take the time to actually read what has been assigned to them will always outperform the rest of the class.  It boils down to who is willing to do the work and many of us seem to think we can get away with our high school tactics in college or later in life.



Name: Ivy Love Kilpatrick

Degree: B.A. in Dance and Movement Studies

Current Plans: After a Summer internship with Dance 411 Studios, my current plans include teaching dance, pursuing tv/film acting, and entrepreneurial work.

Organizations and Activities You Were Involved With: Chapter founder of the Alpha Nu Chapter of Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc., Head Stepmistress of Ngambika 13, Co-founder and co-president of Adrenaline, Member of Vybez, Caribbean dance troupe, AHANA Dance, Emory Dance Company, Black Mental Health Ambassador, Part of the Mental Health Activist and Advocates Project (MAAP), Member of PUSH Mentor Group

Something You Wish You Knew Before Starting as an Undergrad: I wish I knew more about interdisciplinary work and concentrations at an earlier time. There is so much Emory has to offer that isn't always in the forefront, so asking questions and speaking with advisors would have been very beneficial during my first or second year.

An Inspirational Quote That Defined Your Undergrad Experience: "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." - Wayne Gretzky

One of the Biggest Lessons You’ve Learned At Emory: One of the biggest lessons I learned is that passion equals power. The more we explore and discover where our passion lies, the more we will feel fulfilled as individuals and provide the most value to others throughout our time on this Earth. I entered Emory thinking I would study neuroscience and psychology. My journey in these past four years has been exciting, unique, and unpredictable because I allowed change to happen in my life. I gravitated toward what peaked my interest and made me happy. I took many classes outside of my major in fields such as Women Gender Studies, African American Studies, Philosophy, etc., and because that I am deeply satisfied with my time at Emory. In addition, I feel I got the most value from my experiences outside the classroom. I developed long lasting friendships and was heavily involved in organizations that resonated with me and helped me develop as a person. We never stop learning. We never stop growing.




By Lauren Weems & Chad Tucker

No first year, transfer student, or Oxford continuee should be expected to figure everything out on main campus on their own. Between navigating through different buildings to finding the best spot to hangout around campus, here's a compiled list of what to do and what NOT to do at Emory:

What To Do

-       Get to know your professors. Emory is a relatively small university which makes it easier to contact and form relationships with your professors. This is great down the road 1) for creating a bond with important people and 2) establishing a connection imperative for things like recommendation letters in the future.

-       Go to your professor’s respective office hours. Most professors list their hours at the top of their syllabus and encourage students to come to their office with test questions and for help with assignments.

-       Explore Emory’s safe spaces.  Whether you're a member of the Black community, LGBT community, or both, Emory provides safe spaces necessary for you to feel comfortable among your peers and to be able to engage with like-minded individuals.

-       Try something new! Never been in an art showcase or rode a horse before? With hundreds of clubs available to students you can sign up for anything from an equestrian club to a dance crew. Don't be afraid to join a dance or enter contests.  College is the perfect place to explore your interests and find out more about the things you didn't even know you'd love!

-       Take advantage of the extended freshman withdrawal option, if need be. Sometimes you accidentally choose the hardest professor, sometimes you fail to take the prerequisite class beforehand, or sometimes you are overzealous in the amount of credit hours you sign up for. Either way, remember: that nebulous “W” on your transcripts can stand for anything you wish, even a win.

-       Attend EVERY possible event you hear about on-campus—especially the black ones—because the only way to meet new people is to go out and actually meet them. They won’t barge into your dorm room as you are studying to befriend you (if they did, that would be creepy).

-       Go to the orientation events. You may read the itinerary and think it's a waste of time but you may be surprised to find it fun and it's also a good way to meet other first-year students on campus going through the same awkward process of making new friends all over again.

-       Find your study spot; make it your second home. You will need it.

-       Take advantage of the opportunities Emory has to offer. From the Career Center to E-Pass tutoring, there are so many ways to find help as you navigate the academic rigor of Emory.

-       Take advantage of the Emory Shuttles. Emory has free shuttles during Thanksgiving Break to the airport and also free shuttles to popular places like Walmart and Lenox Mall around Dekalb county and Atlanta. Emory even provides transportation to key events and locations in Atlanta called “Experience Shuttles.” On top of all of that, Emory has been known to give away free bus passes!

-       Be friendly. You won't be the only new face on campus so don't be afraid to say hi in passing or make small talk when you're at certain places on campus such as the ESBU.

-       Check your school email. Emory updates get sent out from here, including surveys which let you enter to win prizes once completed. Also, this is the main point of contact between you and your professors.

What NOT To Do

-       Spend all your Dooley Dollars in one week.  It can happen and it has happened before.  If you're a freshman on campus, you have access to unlimited DUC-ling swipes as well as $150 Dooley Dollars to spend at places like Cox Hall and Kaldis. However, if you don't monitor your spending, you'll be left with $5 Dooley Dollars that will have to last you half a semester, so spend wisely!

-       Sign up for an 8:00am class unless it's COMPLETELY necessary. Yes, you woke up at 6:00 a.m. everyday in high school but that kind of discipline will not roll over in college. Trust.

-       Go out every weekend three times a week for an entire semester. You came here to learn, your body is tired, and Netflix is far more comforting than a packed room full of sweaty strangers.

-       Leave your laundry in the washer or dryer too long. If your clothes were done being washed or dried 5+ hours ago, there is a problem. Not only that, but your clothes will be on the floor, or they will be missing.

-       Leave all the cleaning for your roommate. Even if you live in a double in Dobbs Hall, you should still do your fair share by vacuuming the floor or by cleaning off the sink every once in awhile. It'll surely help your roommate relations down the road.

-       Schedule your classes blindly. The last thing you want to do is have one class in the Goizueta Business school (b-school) and another in the Visual Arts building with only 15 minutes in-between them. You should definitely take the classes you want but just make sure you plan accordingly.

-       Make noise in the reading room. Located on the third floor of Woodruff Library, it's the quietest place to study on campus. People will give you the side eye if you make a lot of noise and if you can't hear a pin drop then you're probably too loud.

-       Don't go to the first floor of Woodruff Library to study. You will get nothing done.

-       Expect the shuttles to be on time. You're never supposed to rely on public transportation to get you anywhere on time and the shuttles are no exception. They are certainly helpful when moving from main campus to Clairmont and there are other shuttles that will take you to North Dekalb Mall and Publix. Be sure to allot some extra time in your schedule just in case they take longer than usual.

-       Be rude to the dining hall and custodial staff. They're some of the nicest and friendliest people around and sometimes when you're nice they'll let you get into the DUC-ling without swiping or let you have a convenience store snack for free.