Talyah Basit is a School of Arts and Sciences student double majoring in English Literature and Political Science and minoring in Philosophy. She is a proud member of Douglass Residential College and the Honors Program, was the recipient of the SAS Academic Excellence Award, and has been on the Dean’s List for each semester in college. As an Aresty Research Assistant for Dr. Abena Busia in her sophomore year, she gained first-hand experience editing a manuscript on the intersections of poetry, academia, and the politics of exile. Previously she assisted the Expressive Arts, 4-H department in combining community engagement with the visual arts. She is currently interning at the Eagleton Institute of Politics and enjoying the gorgeous historical setting while working on an alumni outreach project. This year, besides participating in various artistic, cultural, and political organizations on campus, she will serve as the Expedition Head for the Artists’ Collective. She enjoys running, critically analyzing films, and reading feminist and postcolonial theory. She plans to continue studying literature in graduate school.