“Guilford was actually my No. 1 choice as of my junior year of high school,” she shares. “I was looking at small liberal arts schools that actually try to engage with the community rather than simply being there and existing.”
Annalee credits Peace and Conflict Studies Professor Zulfiya Tursunova with helping her find her path at Guilford.
“I've been incredibly lucky to work with Zulfiya for the past three or so years,” she says. “I know that ultimately she wants me to succeed, so she has sent me a whole bunch of incredible resources and opportunities.”
For example, Annalee said her attendance at a recent three-day symposium was one of the many ways professors have found opportunities for students to engage during the pandemic.
A junior Honors student, Annalee recently finished a photo series concerning the impact of suicide on youth and young-adult communities. She hopes to build on this topic for her Honors senior thesis, connecting it to the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on marginalized communities.
“I looked at the history of pandemics and how they have influenced and shaped the way different cultures are impacted. I also looked at cultural differences such as how the color of your skin can decide how long you live, or how your ZIP code can decide what access to medical care you’re going to have,” she says. “Right now, I'm looking specifically in the Greensboro community at how COVID-19 is impacting Latino communities.”
Annalee is careful in her approach to photographing her subjects. “I'm trying to come out of it with a story and a connection. I want to make someone feel like they’ve been listened to and heard rather than, ‘I'm just there to take a photo and that’s it,’” she says. “At the end of the day, if I don't even take a photo of a person but I make them feel like there's one more person in the world that cares then that’s what I want them to come away with.”