“The anthropology program is interdisciplinary at Transylvania. It has really shown me how global systems of power affect people.”
Vika Safarian '12 began reaching out to the global community as a Transylvania student. She founded TUTORS, a campus group that offers tutoring to refugee children in the community. "People found it very rewarding," Safarian says. "It continues to provide consistent volunteers for the refugee program."
Safarian hopes to continue reaching across cultural barriers. She was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Korea for the 2012–13 academic year. To participate in that program, she has deferred her admission to Harvard Law School until 2013–14. She is interested in human trafficking and immigration issues and plans to pursue a path that incorporates human rights and international law. She dreams of working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Safarian has taken every opportunity to expand her knowledge of global issues and credits her Transylvania classes for making her critical of social norms. "I've been able to see my participation in all of it," Safarian says. "But also my distance from it."
She seems to be closing that gap.
As a Transylvania student, Safarian participated in a Yale Bioethics summer program that offered her a new perspective on health in the U.S. and other countries. Thanks to the Kenan-Jones Grant, Safarian traveled abroad, researching public health in the Philippines and exploring domestic violence and women's access to the law in India. She also secured an internship at the 6th District Federal Courthouse. After several experiences that have allowed her to gain perspective on global issues, she says this is the first time she is truly seeing the system of law.
With law school and a promising future before her, Safarian sums up her success quite simply: "I took every opportunity to be competitive."
The world may not know what it's up against.