Ayanna I. Runcie

I have an irresistible desire to travel, not only to understand my very own existence but also to bridge communication barriers between people throughout the world. This passion began brewing at a very young age. Throughout the first 18 years of my life, I witnessed injustices catalyzed by the invisible yet palpable color lines that plagued the streets of Chicago. I also observed that those who suffered from injustice were often left voiceless in media as well as throughout the greater global community. As a result, I am advocate for social justice and passionate about issues of suffrage, powerlessness, and exploitation. To facilitate these interest, I declared my major as international studies with a minor in professional writing after matriculation into Spelman College. Since then, my need to combat injustices throughout society as well as my desire to write and tell stories has only intensified. I am currently living in Cambodia and working as a journalist for the Phnom Penh Post. I have deferred admission to Columbia University School of Journalism in New York City School for fall 2016. Click here to visit my blog, where I discuss my adventures abroad.