SOPHOMORE COHORT

Honesty (New Scholars)

Eddie Bankston

Liberal Arts Honors Program
Psychology/Philosophy/African & African Diaspora Studies

If anything, I am defined by my relentless curiosity. I spend many evenings on campus stumbling over my various interests; chasing new ideas as they flutter down a bustling Speedway; and clasping at questions as they fall from the crowns of lofty trees.

I am a dreamer, a thinker, and, maybe more pertinently, a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, with a minor in African and African Diaspora Studies. I am interested in how certain historical processes impact the lived experiences of marginalized communities. This past year at The University of Texas at Austin, I was able to act on some of my interests. While working with the Liberal Arts Honors Diversity Action Committee (LAHDAC), I helped host events that promoted career exploration and cultural fluency, cultivating a restorative community in the process. In doing research with Project SEED, I learned about the nuanced advantages and disadvantages that come with bilingualism. And as a mentor in the admissions office’s On Our Way to Texas Program, I acted as a point of contact for students of color, supporting them in the admissions process. These activities gave me insight into various challenges my peers face. More importantly, however, I bore witness to their strength in the face of such adversity.  I plan to pursue research in graduate school in the hopes of becoming an academic. I know the Dedman community will aid in my development–personally and academically–and I am excited to forge new relationships!