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Caitlin Cobb

Name: Caitlin Elizabeth Cobb
Hometown: Pike Road, AL (outside of Montgomery)
Major: Political science with minors in Spanish and International Studies
Relationship status: Single
Favorite movie: Pretty Woman
Favorite place to study on campus: “My living room or Starbucks.”
Favorite place to eat in Tuscaloosa: “Innisfree: I love the pub fries.”
What clubs are you involved in? “I’m in UA AAUW, College Democrats, the Blackburn Institute, SGA, Alpha Mu Omega, and Peer Leaders.”
What is your favorite part about your major? “I love anything and everything to do with politics, so being in a political science class, where I’m learning the reasoning and forethought behind some of the political actions that people take is always really interesting.”
What is your favorite part about being in Alpha Chi? “Probably the amazing and fabulous girls I’ve gotten to know since freshman year. I have to admit that I was trepidatious going into rush, but the relationships I have built because of my sorority have proved all of my doubts wrong and definitely shaped my collegiate experience for the better.”
What do you love most about horseback riding? “This might sound kind of lonely, but being at the barn is kind of a sanctuary for me. It allows me to get away from the hectic, overwhelming life that college students live. It’s like my little piece of heaven. And I’m still the weird horse girl who’s obsessed with everything to do with her horse, so just getting to spend time with her and kind of develop ‘our bond’ is nice.”
What are you most passionate about? “This is probably really cheesy, but I feel very strongly about politics in the state of Alabama because it’s something I see myself getting involved in in the future and because our state has so many things going wrong that I hope to help rectify later on. And more specifically, criminal justice is probably the area in politics I’m most passionate about, especially the death penalty, prisoners’ rights, and prison conditions.”
What has been the best class you have taken at UA so far? “Without a doubt, the two classes with Dr. Stephen Black, Moral Forum and SaveFirst: Poverty in America, have been the most impactful and memorable.”
Describe yourself in three words. Sarcastic, Honest, Intelligent
What do you think is your best quality? “As I mentioned above, I am very, very honest, which can be either a good thing or a bad thing. But if you ask any of my friends, they will tell you that I never hesitate to voice what I’m really thinking.”
What’s the best advice you have ever gotten? “My mom has always told me, ‘Unexpressed gratitude is like no gratitude at all.’ This has really shaped the way I approach every situation and how I view life in general because it always reminds me of how fortunate I am to have the things I have and to be in the position I am in today. If we fail to recognize all that we have been blessed with, then we are failing to see what we can truly do for others, which is the most important thing I think we can do in life. I mean, we are blessed with so much, and to squander that by not giving back and recognizing how fortunate we are/ our undeserved privileges is sort of a shame.”
Where do you see yourself in five years? “Hopefully, I will be out of law school and either practicing with a criminal defense firm or working at the Equal Justice Initiative, or a non-profit like it, doing work on death penalty cases and criminal justice reform in general.”

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Helmi Henkin

Alabama '18

Helmi is a senior at The University of Alabama from Menlo Park, California studying psychology and French. She has been to 78 countries on seven continents! Her favorites are Finland (since that's where her family lives), Bali and Antarctica. When she's not in class or traveling she loves reading, singing and songwriting, and hanging out with friends.
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