Avaneque was the 2018 Brilliant Minds Benefit student speaker and a member of Princeton University’s Class of 2024.
Q: What have you learned from your time with Minds Matter?
Avaneque: I have learned the importance of seizing every opportunity. Minds Matter made it possible for me to learn about different industries and take advantage of unique opportunities.
Q: What has been your favorite Minds Matter moment?
Avaneque: During junior year, we did a program-wide activity to shoot a commercial. It was so much fun to participate in something silly and fun with our entire class of students and volunteers.
Q: How has the Minds Matter impacted you?
Avaneque: Minds Matter provided a space where I felt unconditionally welcomed. I wasn’t expected to be anything other than my authentic self. I’m going to hold this feeling with me in every space I walk into.
Q: Where are you going to college and what are you hoping to study?
Avaneque: I am going to Princeton University to study Political Science. I want to be a civil rights attorney one day.
Q: What are you most looking forward to in college?
Avaneque: I’m most looking forward to choosing my classes. I’m excited to be able to dive into coursework that I’m passionate about, and have the ability to pass over some of classes that were required in high school, but are less interesting to me.