Future Leaders

Future Leaders: Interviews with Students


Jenna Knueppel '20

This interview is dated 2/21/18

Originally from Wisconsin, Jenna Knueppel ’20 had never heard of Brown at the time she started applying to schools. Influenced by a teacher who gave her a book by John Hay Professor of International Studies and Political Science Peter Andreas, Jenna soon found herself applying early decision to Brown’s Class of 2020. As a first generation, low-income student, Jenna’s experience was made possible by QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that connects the nation’s most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. Now, Jenna is the Brown Chapter Liaison of the QuestBridge program. As the liaison, Jenna now has a goal of providing local high school students with access to the colleges and universities of their dreams.


Meet Bonner Fellow Xe Chang '20

This interview is dated 11/6/17

When she began looking at colleges, Xe Chang ’20 was unfamiliar with Brown. During her campus visit, however, Xe immediately felt at home. From her first impression of campus to the comforting words of President Paxson’s address to prospective students, Xe quickly found Brown rising to the top of her list. To top it off, Brown’s Swearer Center is host to the nationwide
Bonner Fellowship Program, a community engagement program that matches students’ academic interests with their career goals. Despite demanding requirements and eight hours of service each week in addition to regular coursework, Xe is no stranger to a packed schedule. Based on her Minnesota high school experiences with Youth Leadership Alliance and Breakthrough Collaborative, Xe actively sought community service and engagement experiences at Brown.

A Conversation with Dayna Lord '17

This interview is dated 1/9/17

Dayna Lord '17 is Brown’s number one varsity women’s tennis player and a gifted student. The daughter of Jamaican-born parents, Dayna was introduced to competitive tennis at an early age. Dayna's mother passed away in 2010, and in addition to tennis and academics, Dayna had to provide significant support to her younger siblings. Dayna earned a financial aid scholarship to attend high school at Kingswood Oxford School, where she also won a national tennis championship. She inherited a strong work ethic from her hardworking father, and always kept in mind her mother who was her "foundation for everything." With academics always a priority, Dayna made her way to Providence for the opportunity of a once-in-a-lifetime Brown education. WLC Executive Committee Member Alexandra E. Mandis '95 had the honor of interviewing Dayna and learning more about her story.