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Campus Celeb: Alex Graham

This week’s Campus Celebrity is Alex Graham. Alex is a senior accounting major who currently serves as club president for the new Best Buddies chapter at Marist. Like any senior, Alex wants to make her last months at Marist special – and she’s certainly doing so. Alex has a special connection to the organization she brought to Marist and Her Campus Marist sat down with her to find out more about her story and Best Buddies.

HC: Looking back on all four years, how was your experience at Marist?

AG: It was amazing! I don’t want to leave… every time I see that countdown I just want to rip it off the wall! But it was incredible and I wouldn’t take anything back, I have learned so much over the last four years.

HC: What inspired you to become a part of an organization like Best Buddies?

AG: My younger brother has Down syndrome and I’ve learned so much from him that I can’t even begin to explain. I feel like it’s so important for people our age to get that same experience I had with him through this kind of organization. I want people to see that they [people with disabilities] are just like us.

HC: March 4th is “Spread the Word to End the Word” day. Can you tell us more about that and how students at Marist can get involved?

AG: “Spread the Word to End the Word” is a national day of awareness held annually and it’s a chance to show people that using the r-word is derogatory. I know it’s very commonly used with people our age and I feel it’s important for Marist students to see how hurtful it can be. On Wednesday March 4th, during activity hour, Best Buddies will be having a bake sale by the cabaret, as well as a banner students can sign pledging to end the use of the r-word.

HC: What do you want others to take away from a day like “Spread the Word to End the Word”?

AG: Just for people to become more aware that they shouldn’t say the r-word. The people you’re offending when you use the r-word are not stupid, or any lesser, so it’s certainly not fair to them.

HC: What do you think is the best thing about working so closely with an organization like Best Buddies, through Marist or past experiences?

AG: It teaches you something that you can’t learn in school and you get to build a friendship with someone. The buddies that members will be matched with could end up being someone’s life-long friend. Through the Best Buddies organization, I’ve seen people who are 50 years old who have friendships with their best buddies from high school. It’s truly a great organization and even though it’s new, I want it to take off and see others have a wonderful experience with it.

For more on Marist Best Buddies, visit the Facebook page (Best Buddies Marist College Chapter) or contact Alex Graham at alexandria.graham1@marist.edu

Anna Marotta is a Junior at Marist College where she is studying Marketing. She is extremely right-brained and loves to write, create, and travel. You can find Anna with her ten best friends at Lola's Cafe or stalking dogs on Marist Beach. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram! @annarosemarotta 
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