Meet Fatima

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Howdy, my name is Fatima Wood and I am the President of the International Student Association. I am a senior double major in English and International Studies, with a focus in German and international commerce. I am from two places, I was born in Manila, Philippines and moved to the Fort Worth area when I was younger.
Personally, my ethnicity and background has really shaped who I am today and during those times where I did struggle with my identity, I relied on my faith and the certainty of being a daughter of God. It has really helped provide an anchor in who I am during times of uncertainty. At this school, I personally felt called to lead and was able to use my ethnicity and past experiences to relate to people, and I hope that’s also made me a bit more approachable. In ISA, I wanted to be hands on with my constituents and ensure that their needs were being heard and met.
On campus, really being shaped as a student leader in the last few years and recently remembering the fact that I am a student first, and a leader in an organization second. Just acknowledging the fact that I am human but also just realizing how blessed I am to be a leader in a student organization.
For someone to achieve their goals, depending on your goals of course, a big thing is consistency. I think people get bored by consistency, or start wondering if it’s making a difference at all. It really is hard to do the same thing over and over again. But being willing to do something, and do it again, with excellence, is a big part of the process.
For A&M, I just want more people to be more aware and appreciate the diversity that this school has. This city is able to attract students and professors from all over the world because of this school’s prestige. Take advantage of that and educate yourself, but also be humble and welcome others.
Overall, I just want to see more vulnerability within the APIDA community, especially on topics like mental health. In our culture, topics like that are often not talked about and are swept under the rug, but mental health is just as important as physical health, and it needs to be treated. The idea of not talking about certain topics holds our community back as a whole and I would love to see that aspect of our community change.
— Fatima Woods, Class of 2019