"Every day I feel like I’m learning something new about myself that is going to make me a better leader."

Photo of Tsega Meshsesha“Since Bryn Mawr is a small college, students get to know more about one another than just our names. We have dinner together and talk about politics, fashion, our different cultures and customs — everything. We build bonds that are thick, strong, and long-lasting. Bryn Mawr is such a welcoming and understanding community that we quickly feel safe to express our feelings and ideas. This comfort zone that we create for ourselves enables us to exchange valuable lessons, ideas, and perspectives. This is a wonderful thing because we have students from all over the world, so we really do get a worldwide, well-rounded, liberal arts education that makes us better global citizens.

“Bryn Mawr is a community filled with strong and confident women who want to make a difference in the world. This vibe that I feel when I’m around my peers encourages me to fight and stand up for what I believe in; it brings out the leader in me. Bryn Mawr gave me an opportunity to go back to my home country of Ethiopia to work on an internship around HIV/AIDS, which is a very important issue that I believe needs to be addressed in Ethiopia and worldwide. Bryn Mawr gave me the material resources that I needed, but I had to build the confidence and initiative to apply. This came from the supportive upperclasswomen and the faculty in our community.”
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Tsega Mekonnen Meshesha ’13
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Major(s): Sociology

Note: Tsega Meshesha, the daughter of an Ethiopian father and an American mother, grew up in Newton, Mass., and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She plans to earn a medical degree and return to Ethiopia to practice medicine and help reform Ethiopia's health-care system, and she spent the summer of 2010 as a Katharine Hepburn intern at the African AIDS Initiative in Addis Ababa. She has held leadership positions in Sisterhood, Bryn Mawr's African-American affinity group, and in BACaSO, the Bryn Mawr African and Caribbean Students Organization. She's also an enthusiastic actress, especially in musical theater.