Adéráyọ̀ Sànúsí

Fifth-year graduate student

I am excited to serve as a resource to first generation graduate students, particularly in the Humanities and Social Sciences. As an immigrant from a non-academic family, I struggled to adjust to the elite academic culture at Princeton. Students that are unfamiliar with the “unspoken rules” of success in graduate education and academic practice often experience imposter syndrome and feeling out of place or unworthy. I am eager to work with students to feel empowered even as you may confront seemingly insurmountable milestones during your graduate program. My approach centers the self and mindful awareness of mental and physical well-being. Every graduate student at Princeton already possesses the talent, strength, and resilience to chart fulfilling experiences, but individual awareness of these innate abilities varies. As a Graduate Peer Coach, I hope to facilitate increased self-recognition by working with you to self-identify and effectively mobilize strategies that you are likely already using for enablement in non-academic contexts. The academic and non-academic lives of graduate students are less distinct than commonly perceived, and I believe maintaining a healthy balance and cross-fertilization between these worlds is crucial. I draw on over 5 years of experience working with undergraduate and high school students from modest and underrepresented backgrounds to achieve their academic and career goals. I am currently a G5 in Anthropology and will pursue a Graduate Certificate in the History of Science this academic year, as well.