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A Conversation with Minerva Student Faye

First-year Minerva student, Faye, discusses her Minerva aspirations and favorite accomplishments.
November 18, 2022

What made you apply to Minerva?

I could tell you that I applied to Minerva because I think that it will contribute to my future career or because I agreed with the educational principles or because I liked the idea of traveling the world - and all of those things would be true. But the real reason why I applied is because I read about going to Minerva, I got excited, and I could see myself there. I knew it was the place I was supposed to be.

What was your favorite accomplishment that you submitted in your Minerva application?

My favorite accomplishment from my Minerva application is probably my acceptance letter to a charitable organization that I volunteered with. The reason for that is because this program was completely non-competitive, and none of the other colleges that I applied to even cared that I did it. Being able to put that in my application and feeling encouraged by Minerva to do so made me feel like they cared about the achievements and the parts of my life that I cared about and not just the ones that looked good on my CV.

What major are you most interested in pursuing and how will it contribute to your career?

I know that I am interested in the Social Sciences and the capacity that that field has to do good for the work in human rights, education, and women's rights sectors. I think that the Minerva model of real-life application to the world in Social Sciences, which can be a subject that gets tied up in academics and does not ever become applicable, is really important.

What excites you the most about Minerva?

I am excited about the adventure that I think it is going to be. It is the people that are from all over the world that I am going to get a chance to meet. It is the cities that I probably never would have even visited without Minerva that I am going to get to live in for four months at a time. It is the academics that I am going to get to take into my own hands for the first time and I am going to get to engage with in a way that matters to me. It is the feeling that I am taking control of my own life and doing something that is crazy, adventurous, and so exciting.

If you were inspired by Faye's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will enable you to change the world, apply to join Minerva today.

Quick Facts

Name
Faye Crawford
Country
South Africa
Class
2026
Major
Computational Sciences & Social Sciences
Computer Science & Arts and Humanities
Business and Computational Sciences
Business and Social Sciences
Arts and Humanities
Business, Social Sciences
Business & Arts and Humanities
Computational Sciences
Natural Sciences, Computer Science
Computational Sciences
Arts & Humanities
Computational Sciences, Social Sciences
Computational Sciences
Computational Sciences
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
Social Sciences, Natural Sciences
Data Science, Statistics
Computational Sciences
Business
Computational Sciences, Data Science
Social Sciences
Natural Sciences
Business, Natural Sciences
Business, Social Sciences
Computational Sciences
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences
Natural Sciences
Computational Sciences, Social Sciences
Business, Social Sciences
Computational Sciences
Natural Sciences, Social Sciences
Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences
Arts & Humanities, Social Science
Social Sciences, Business
Arts & Humanities
Computational Sciences, Social Science
Natural Sciences, Computer Science
Computational Science, Statistic Natural Sciences
Business & Social Sciences
Computational Science, Social Sciences
Social Sciences and Business
Business
Arts and Humanities
Computational Sciences
Social Sciences
Social Sciences and Computational Sciences
Social Sciences & Computational Sciences
Social Sciences & Arts and Humanities
Computational Science
Minor
Computational Science & Business
Economics
Social Sciences
Concentration
Data Science & Economics
Machine Learning
Cells, Organisms, Data Science, Statistics
Arts & Literature and Historical Forces
Artificial Intelligence & Computer Science
Cells and Organisms, Mind and Emotion
Economics, Physics
Managing Operational Complexity and Strategic Finance
Global Development Studies and Brain, Cognition, and Behavior
Scalable Growth, Designing Societies
Business
Drug Discovery Research, Designing and Implementing Policies
Historical Forces, Cognition, Brain, and Behavior
Artificial Intelligence, Psychology
Designing Solutions, Data Science and Statistics
Data Science and Statistic, Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science
Strategic Finance, Politics, Government, and Society
Data Analysis, Cognition
Brand Management
Data Science and Statistics & Economics
Cognitive Science & Economics
Data Science and Statistics and Contemporary Knowledge Discovery
Internship
Higia Technologies
Project Development and Marketing Analyst Intern at VIVITA, a Mistletoe company
Business Development Intern, DoSomething.org
Business Analyst, Clean Energy Associates (CEA)

Conversation

What made you apply to Minerva?

I could tell you that I applied to Minerva because I think that it will contribute to my future career or because I agreed with the educational principles or because I liked the idea of traveling the world - and all of those things would be true. But the real reason why I applied is because I read about going to Minerva, I got excited, and I could see myself there. I knew it was the place I was supposed to be.

What was your favorite accomplishment that you submitted in your Minerva application?

My favorite accomplishment from my Minerva application is probably my acceptance letter to a charitable organization that I volunteered with. The reason for that is because this program was completely non-competitive, and none of the other colleges that I applied to even cared that I did it. Being able to put that in my application and feeling encouraged by Minerva to do so made me feel like they cared about the achievements and the parts of my life that I cared about and not just the ones that looked good on my CV.

What major are you most interested in pursuing and how will it contribute to your career?

I know that I am interested in the Social Sciences and the capacity that that field has to do good for the work in human rights, education, and women's rights sectors. I think that the Minerva model of real-life application to the world in Social Sciences, which can be a subject that gets tied up in academics and does not ever become applicable, is really important.

What excites you the most about Minerva?

I am excited about the adventure that I think it is going to be. It is the people that are from all over the world that I am going to get a chance to meet. It is the cities that I probably never would have even visited without Minerva that I am going to get to live in for four months at a time. It is the academics that I am going to get to take into my own hands for the first time and I am going to get to engage with in a way that matters to me. It is the feeling that I am taking control of my own life and doing something that is crazy, adventurous, and so exciting.

If you were inspired by Faye's story and are seeking a college experience that will teach you valuable pragmatic skills that will enable you to change the world, apply to join Minerva today.