Outstanding Grad: Bemnet Tefera

Bemnet TeferaBemnet Tefera

Degrees: Sociology with a concentration in Criminology and Political Science

Bemnet Tefera (she/her) has been recommended as an Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts by her peer, sociology student Anne Uhlman. Most notably, Bemnet is a first-generation student of color who has used her own experiences to help improve the lives of students who may face similar obstacles to success. Bemnet has demonstrated exceptional commitment to equity and social justice, creating meaningful change in the CSU community.

Learn more about Bemnet below:

1. Why did you choose to study at CSU?

“I chose to study at CSU because of the culture and environment here at CSU. When I first toured here as an incoming student, I just felt how welcoming and supportive this institution was towards students.”

2. How has your background shaped your experience here at CSU, and what advice would you give to students of similar identities?

“I come from a family of immigrants and as a first-generation student education was always at the forefront of my life. As a result, when I came to CSU, I knew there was a chance that I would slip through the cracks, so it was important for me to get involved and connect with my peers. Whether it was through my involvements in club/organizations or academic support. My biggest advice for students like me, is to get out there and take that first step. There are so many other students looking for community and you are not alone.”

3. What accomplishments from your educational career at CSU are you most proud of? How were you able to accomplish those things?

“The accomplishment that I am most proud of is that I am graduating with two degrees. This is something that I have been working towards my whole life and I’m about to see the rewards of my labor.”

4. What has been the most challenging aspect of your educational career so far? How have you overcome those difficulties?

“Going through the pandemic was difficult. I found it difficult transitioning back into in person learning without any buffer of sorts. Technically my senior year has been my first full year on campus which feels weird to say but I realized that by taking those extra steps to connect with others and faculty, the process became much easier. Small efforts like going to office hours, school-wide events and working on campus helped me connect with CSU again.”

5. What are your post-graduation plans and goals?

“After graduation I plan to work and gain experience before going to law school. In the future I hope to work with marginalized communities to alleviate some of the social justice issues they are experiencing.”