Hats off to the Guilford College Class of 2021! Their time at Guilford has been marked with change and challenge, but their perseverance shines through in their success. Below, get to know several recent graduates and find out how they're planning to go out into the world, shiny new Guilford College degree in hand, and make a difference.
Salwa Ahmad '21
English and Media Studies major
Ghanaian Salwa Ahmad ’21, an English and Media Studies major, tackled the challenge of moving to a new country — and found her niche at Guilford. She recently earned a Rachel Lindner Leahy ’14 Award, as well as a spot in N.C. State University’s Master of Arts in English program, which she will start this fall.
Education Studies major Carmen Curtis ’21 found her calling through getting actively involved in campus life. This fall, she plans to enter the Master’s in Higher Education program DePaul University in Chicago.
From Guatemala to Guilford and beyond, Exel Valle-Estrada ’21 has a bright future in medicine and is working to help other immigrants realize their dreams, too. This summer, he will study at the extremely selective Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Annual Undergraduate Summer Scholars Program. He then hopes to get a job as a research assistant before pursuing medical school.
Sonya Brunk ’21, an Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Biology double major, recently studied abroad in New Zealand with EcoQuest. The trip was made possible through her merit-based scholarship as an Environmental Studies Distinguished scholar.
Biology major Gracie Perry-Garnette '21 recently received the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities research grant for her thesis work, focused on a recently discovered coral disease. She presented her research at the State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, the N.C. Academy of Science annual meeting, and the National Conference on Undergraduate Research.
Business major Awatif Oumar ’21 surprised herself by adding a second major in Economics, but her professors believed in her from the beginning.This summer, she will intern with ITG Brands to see where she might fit in the business or finance worlds.
Hannah Preston ’21 is often a step or two ahead, and her Guilford years were no exception. After her July graduation, Hannah will study at UNC Chapel Hill where she will earn a master’s degree in health policy. From there, she aims to run for public office after a few years on the ground working in public health for Greensboro.
Classical guitarist Moe Reh '21 will attend the prestigious UNC School of the Arts in fall 2021 on a full scholarship. In this video, find out why he chose Guilford College and what he'll remember about his time as a Guilfordian.
Hsar "Ree Ree" Wei '21
Community and Justice Studies major
Hsar "Ree Ree" Wei ’21 discovered her passion for cultural food access and immigration justice at Guilford. Find out how she’ll put these interests to work in her new position at Transplanting Traditions Community Farm.
Thanks to her real-world experience and natural concern for the well-being of animals, Biology and Health Sciences major Kaylee Zabava ’21 is making the world a better place for pets. The Honors Scholar plans to attend veterinarian school in the near future.