Which community college are you currently attending?
University of the District of Columbia Community College (UDC-CC)
Which program are you pursuing and what about the subject intrigues you most?
Liberal Studies – Associate of Science (A.S.)
What are your education and career aspirations?
I’m a political science major with zeal to gain professional skills, to persuade, influence change I want to see in the Black Community and more broadly in the LGBTIQ community as issues intersect.
What is a fun fact about you that few people know?
I worked in LGBT centers in Africa and I also worked in Europe. I have been an intern before.
What is your favorite book/movie/song and why?
I love to binge on YouTube videos of silly things like the Wendy Williams Show!
What is your current favorite streaming binge and why?
I love Marvel movies.
In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?
I garden and visit arboretums, museums, and sometimes do folk art or walk dogs.
How are you practicing self-care during this difficult time?
I go work out, go on walks or just relax in the tranquility of a park or a meditation.
How are you adjusting to remote life and what are your tips to stay motivated?
I go on a walk after a long screen time, or just sometimes limit my screen time if I need to be on a Zoom call or read something on the digital screen, create fake commutes to school, etc.
As a Point Community College Scholarship Recipient, what is your message to other LGBTQ+ students?
Beyond the knowledge presented to one in classes, a college experience revolves around eager learners; you will meet supportive organizations like Point Foundation with a wealth of alum, mentors, staff, and professors. You will meet those who hold views subject to change within the four years. As for learning as an out black gay man and student — education continuously exposes and challenges me to improve my understanding of the world around me and learn from my peers and professors. This is a life-changing and unique experience. The skills gained will intellectually make one think differently on approaching world problems, inequalities and provide solutions to social issues as resources at my disposal for accessing information are immense. College helps one aspire to understand other people and life, to build relations, and learn how to interact with others to make one more likable and professional.
This post’s responses were submitted by Point Community College Scholarship Recipient Anthony Adero Olweny (He/Him/His).
Olweny is currently pursuing a degree in Liberal Studies at the University of the District of Columbia Community College. Read more about Anthony here.