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Rice Hall Resident Advisers

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Télyse Masaoay (Head Resident), Springfield, MO

Major: Medicine, Health, & Society and Sociology

Organizations: Tour Guides, Speaker's Committee, Vanderbilt International Relations Association, the Tennessee Justice Center

Favorite Quote: "Fight for the things you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you" -Ruth Bader Ginsburg

About Me: I am a coffee fanatic, who loves baby elephants, yoga, Ignition (Remix), and NPR Morning Edition. I love getting to meet people in college halls who I may not have gotten the chance to know otherwise! My personal life goals include: developing a very extensive business casual wardrobe, reducing racial health care disparities with policy work, and meeting Ellen DeGeneres. 


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Tam Wheat, Atlanta, GA

Major: B.A.: Law, History & Society; B.A.: Spanish & Portuguese; Business Minor

Organizations: AMIGOS, Habitat for Humanity, The Hustler, Delta Tau Delta, Resident Adviser

Favorite Quote: "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase" Dr. MLK Jr.

About Me: Writing, drawing, reading, exercising, music, dogs. I like that most everyone seems like they want to make WAM a great community to live in. I am passionate about the study of language, and I enjoy writing and singing.


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Priya Trivedi, Naperville, IL

Major: Economics; Medicine, Health & Society, Financial Economics

Organizations: South Asian Cultural Exchange, Moneythink, Tour Guides, Women in Business, Vanderbilt Undergraduate Consulting Club, Siloam Health, Aceing Autism, Saddle Up Nashville,

Favorite Quote: "Challenge Assumptions."

About Me: Hello everyone! This is my second year RAing in WaM, and what I love most is our community and incredible collaborative events! I'm a huge coffee lover and foodie, so you can often find me checking out the diverse food scene in Nashville. Beyond that, I really enjoy exploring new music and concerts, spending time outside, and volunteering with my off campus community partners. I also love dogs, Latin dance, and learning about different people and cultures. I'm looking forward to another great year with the WaMily!


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Farah Arif, Gurnee, IL

Major: Public Policy and Spanish; Minor: South Asian Language and Culture

Organizations: MOSAIC, VSG, the Women's Center

Favorite Quote: "Love is profoundly political. Our deepest revolution will come when we understand this truth. Only love can give us the strength to go forward in the midst of heartbreak and misery. Only love can give us the power to reconcile, to redeem, the power to renew weary spirits and save lost souls. The transformative power of love is the foundation of all meaningful social change. Without love our lives are without meaning. Love is the heart of the matter. When all else has fallen away, love sustains." – Bell Hooks

About Me: Though I've lived in Illinois since I was 2, I was born in Saudi Arabia and I'm very connected to my Indian background as well. I speak four languages and take a lot of pride in immersing myself in other cultures, simultaneously cherishing my own by eating excessive amounts of Indian food (Bombay Palace > Sitar) and constantly listening to Hindi or Punjabi music. The thing I'm most passionate about is advocating for immigrant populations, particularly those who are undocumented. I think my majors and minors reflect my interest in helping diverse populations on a macro-scale through policy, so working in that field is one of my top goals. This is my first year living in the college halls, and I think my favorite part so far is actually having a common area to study and hang out with residents. My less serious interests and personal passions include: vanilla iced coffee, Harry Potter, foreign languages, movies at the Belcourt, naps, nice pens, reality TV, spending time with friends, and I love to read and write.