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Kiara Serret

The summer was all fun, games and work until mid-August struck and the back-to-school blues began. Every year, I am usually beyond ready for the school year to begin and to move back in with my friends, but this year was different. When move in day rolled around, I struggled to pack all my things. I felt so unprepared, unexcited and scared that my senior year was about to begin. After my semester abroad, I felt unfamiliar with the campus I used to call home, but nothing welcomed me back more than the A.L.A.N.A. Network.
As I reflect on my freshman year, I remember meeting members of the A.L.A.N.A. Network at the Clubs & Activities Fair. The executive board that year was extremely welcoming, informative and passionate about the club they were promoting. I learned the acronym A.L.A.N.A. stands for Asian, Latino/Hispanic, African, Native- American, but they are open to everyone on campus. From that day on, the A.L.A.N.A. Network welcomed me as a member of their family. Growing up, I was raised in a predominately white neighborhood, and I was not really aware of my cultural heritage. The A.L.A.N.A. Network allowed me to get to know not only my cultural heritage, but many others as well.
It was made clear that the A.L.A.N.A. Network was, and still is, open to everyone, no matter what cultural heritage one may be. Not only did they explore different backgrounds in their meetings but they also discussed controversial issues and provided a safe place to feel accepted. From the first meeting until the end of the year, I participated in every possible event I could be a part of. By the end of my freshman year, I decided that I wanted to be a part of setting the scene for other college students.
My sophomore year, I started off as a secretary of the African, Latino/Hispanic, Asian and Native American (A.L.A.N.A.) Network and have worked my way up to become the President. The passion has grown inside of me and I love being able to create a bond with many students on campus, as well as express how I feel about various issues, especially diversity, in a place where I feel safe. Assumption College is well known for the community feeling it leaves in students, but the A.L.A.N.A. community is something I will forever hold close to my heart. As my senior year continues, I realize there is nothing to be scared about. Everything will fall into place, and when times get tough, I always have support from many people here at Assumption, especially my A.L.A.N.A. Network Family.
This year, the A.L.A.N.A. Network has been working hard, alongside other clubs, to bring our student body various meetings and events that will open their eyes to many different aspects of the world. Our weekly meetings will be held on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in Hagan Campus Center Hall. As for main events this semester, first we have our 10th Annual Latino Festival in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is held on October 6 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Hagan Campus Center Hall. Our next event is Multicultural Day, which is held on Thursday, November 11 from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. in Charlie’s, where students are given the opportunity to represent their cultural heritage and share it with the rest of the Assumption College community.
Our last event of the semester is our Poetry Slam, which will be held on Thursday, December 1 from 7-9 p.m. in Charlie’s. The Poetry Slam allows students to listen or perform their own poetry for a chance to win cash prizes. Throughout all these events, we have other surprises in store, so feel free to stop by the Cross Cultural Center, located in Charlie’s, at anytime to learn more about the A.L.A.N.A. Network.

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