Name: Kemi Babalola
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
What is your favorite book?: I can’t choose one book, but I have two book series that I love. One of my favorite book series is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins because I love reading books about strong female characters. I love female characters that are the leaders and create change, not damsels in distress needing to be saved. My other favorite book series is the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowlings. I love the ideas of friendship, leadership and a hint of comedy.
Give one random fact about you?: I am a big fan of the latin genre; Bachata especially Romeo Santos.
In class what kind character are you? In class, I participate a lot and ask a lot of questions.
If you were a fruit, what would it be?: I would be a branch of grapes because I am very outgoing and I constantly have ideas.
What do you think will be surprising about India?: I think the geographical diversity of India will be surprising because it has such historical buildings that have lasted decades and seeing them in reality will amazing.
What has been difficult about preparing for India?: The idea that I will thousands of miles from New York City has been a bit difficult because although I am excited to go on the trip, I have a familiarity with my city. I know where everything is, but I’ve always wanted to travel outside my city and experience something new. I have the opportunity now so I will take it.
How do you hope to be different after this trip to India?: I hope my perspective of the world will change because although I think I have a very open mind, it wouldn’t hurt to see life outside of my country. I also hope I share what I’ve learned with others.