Aliyah Harris is a college freshman attending Agnes Scott College who is pursuing life while determining her academic major. Amongst many of her talents, Aliyah is a dancer and singer. I thought it would be fun to introduce you all to a promising artist as well as a friend of mine. So, here goes!
Her Campus: What is your favorite movie?
Aliyah Harris: Well, I have many favorite movies. If I had to choose, it would be Rent.
HC: Wait, what’s that?
AH: It’s a musical/Broadway show. It’s about, well it has many meanings to it, but it’s about people fighting AIDS. It’s about people not being able to pay for rent. Almost kind of hints at gentrification.
HC: What makes Rent your favorite movie?
AH: Because it is a musical. I am a musician, so that’s one of the biggest reasons. But also the messages that it has in the movie.
HC: What’s one of the messages that really stuck with you?
AH: That it doesn’t matter what you like or where you’re coming from. The movie is based in impoverished parts of a town. I can’t remember where exactly, but that doesn’t really matter. It’s really just about those relationships that you make and striving to be your best and not so much about being the richest and doing these amazing things. At least that’s what I got from the movie.
HC: How long have you been dancing?
AH: I’ve been dancing for…really not that long. Like immature dancing. Stuff that’s not professional, like stuff that you do around the house. But I did join the dance team in my middle school and you know, at one point I was a ballerina when I was younger. That didn’t last very long.
HC: Why did you join the Royalettes?
AH: I wanted to join the Royalettes because I’ve been wanting to do that style of dancing for a long time, for years. I thought it was a good opportunity to actually do that and I love the uniforms. Once I started to learn more about what they represent, I [was] very intrigued. So, now I’m just happy to be on the team!
HC: Do you see yourself doing this for a long time?
AH: This style of dancing, maybe for all of my years of college. I don’t see it much anywhere else. I don’t know if you can continue doing this dancing after [college]. So as of right now, just until I finish college.
HC: What’s your favorite memory at Agnes so far?
AH: Meeting the people that have come here. There are a lot of great people at Agnes and a lot of people in the same situations that I’m in, a little nervous about college; or, you know, wondering what they’re going to do. It’s a lot of people in that situation and it makes it more relatable than I thought it would be, seeing as it’s a private school.