Alexandra Aradas, Class of 2026, Hearst Fellow

Alexandra Aradas

Hearst Fellow

  • Hometown: Rock Hill, SC
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What do you plan to study?

Political Science and Business

Why did you want to be a Hearst Fellow?

I went into college knowing I wouldn’t be able to afford certain long-term dreams, such as studying abroad. Hearst Fellows made this a realistic opportunity, as well as gifting me with a community I would feel safe in and a social network that works to be artistically rounded. It would also help to feed my passions of politics and creative writing — inspiring me artistically and helping me to create new material that I can put out into my community.

What has coming to Furman meant to you?

I never once thought I'd be going to school in state. I applied to Furman without thinking much about it, but it ended up being my home. Rejection that was once heartbreaking to me ended up being redirection. I couldn't picture myself anywhere else.

What do you like to do you in your spare time?

Talk about and/or listen to Taylor Swift, drink coffee, cross stitch, watch the scream franchise (while doing a puzzle), obsess over my cat.

What organizations are you a part of?

Hearst Fellows, Eco Reps, Engaged Living, Heller Service Corps