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Meet Aaron Colston

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Majors: English and Sociology

Hometown: Roanoke, Va.

As a member of the Old Gold & Black editorial staff and the Student Life Committee, Aaron has kept busy, delving in to all that Wake Forest has to offer. “Everyone on campus has a strong commitment to being the best that they can be,” says Aaron, who will carry this commitment forward as he plans to join Teach for America in Charlotte, N.C. after graduation.

Q: In what ways you have changed since your first days on campus?

A: I have become more culturally aware. I find myself always thinking about issues through various lenses in order to consider a wide range of perspectives. I have also become more health conscious. I look and feel like a totally different person from when I arrived at Wake Forest, and that’s a great thing.

Q: Describe your study abroad experience.

A: I had the opportunity to study at the Worrell House in London for a semester. It was one of the best experiences of my life. It was my first time leaving the country so I had to learn a lot very quickly, but my biggest take away from my time abroad is being comfortable in uncertainty.

Q: Describe an extracurricular or volunteer activity you enjoyed and tell us why.

A: This year I had the privilege of serving as Wake Forest’s National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) President. One of the service events we did was cleaning and tending to the Odd Fellows cemetery. It was such an enriching experience to get our hands dirty with people of the greater Winston-Salem Community. I was also thrilled at the representation from all of the organizations that sit on the NPHC.

Q: Of all the people who have influenced you during your time at Wake Forest, who would you most like to thank?

A: I would like to thank my Spanish professor Karina Bautista. This was the only Spanish course I took at Wake Forest; it was also my most challenging. In fact, it is the lowest grade on my transcript. What I appreciated most about professor Bautista is that she didn’t give up on me. I learned hard work and perseverance truly triumphs all.

Q: Best advice you were given during your four years at Wake Forest?

A: The best advice I have been given at Wake Forest was from Eric Wilson, the English professor who I studied abroad with. The quote is ‘memento mori,’ Latin for ‘remember death,’ or remember that you will die. This quote may seem morbid, but it serves as a constant reminder to live life to the fullest. (Excuse the cliché.)

Q: Where is the one place on campus you will miss most and why?

A: I will miss Wait chapel the most. It really serves as the guiding light to all of campus.

Q: What shared values do you feel unite the Wake Forest community?

A: Everyone on campus has a strong commitment to being the best that they can be. No matter the space – classrooms, fields or the stage – the bar is high for Wake Forest students, faculty and staff. I have seen some amazing things accomplished on this campus, and I am still waiting for that glass ceiling.

Q: Your best advice for an incoming first-year student?

A: Don’t be afraid of change. A lot of times we have an ideal of how things will work out, but be prepared if that vision is completely inverted. Be prepared to be stretched, pushed and elevated to heights you would never have envisioned.

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