Meet Fasika Gebru.
Fasika is vice president for the National Council of Negro Women and founder and president of the Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association. She mentors for the Michigan Mentorship Matters program and has worked as an academic coach with the Bridge Scholars Plus program. She volunteered in Lima, Peru with the Global Intercultural Experience for Undergraduates (GIEU) program, and she volunteers at Michigan Medicine's Department of Psychiatry. She has worked as a research assistant in a psychology lab through the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) and was a selected fellow of both the Public Service Internship Program (PSIP) and the LSA Inclusive Campus Corps (ICC). In addition, Fasika has worked as a health policy and research intern at the Institute for Medicaid Innovation with the support of the LSA Internship Scholarship.
Q: What does CSP mean to you?
"CSP means family. In every sense of the word, CSP has been a community that has supported me since the Summer Bridge program of 2015. I appreciate the support, attention, and recognition CSP gives its students through advisors, special classes, and programs that empower us."
Q: What made your experience with CSP impactful?
"During my time at Michigan CSP always supported me. No matter how lost I felt I knew I could come talk with my CSP advisor Terrance Wilbert. CSP was impactful because it helped me achieve my potential as a student, it prepared me for a bright future, encouraged me in every way."
Q: Advice/encouragement for the underclassmen?
"Find your motivation. Being a student at Michigan is not easy, and if you find something that you are naturally passionate about, go after it with passion and fervor. And always take every opportunity to have new experiences; study abroad, learn a language, and make connections!"
Q: What can you take away from your experience with CSP?
"My experience with CSP taught me the importance of having a community for minorities. I know I would not have felt at home at Michigan without CSP's support system. I learned the importance of mentorship and utilization of resources."