Harriet Newhall Fellow
Rita Kerbaj, class of 2014, who majors in Politics and minors in Spanish, hopes to establish herself as a journalist in either South America or the Middle East after graduating. Rita’s 2012 semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, helped to inform the direction of her senior thesis, which “compares the reconstruction of memory surrounding enforced disappearances in Argentina and Lebanon.” Recently, she’s held internships as a legal assistant at a local immigration law firm, Curran and Berger, LLC, and with the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. On campus, Rita is a member of the V8’s, the oldest continuing female collegiate a cappella group in the nation, and is a frequent contributor to (and former editor of) the student-run Mount Holyoke News. What Rita loves most about Mount Holyoke is “how easy it is to make friends from different class years, majors, and ethnicities” – a reality that sparks substantive learning both inside and outside of the classroom. When not working on her thesis or singing, Rita tries to make time for the many events and lectures on campus.