Anna Grace Tribble
“You are genuine. You are capable. You are worthy.” For Anna Grace Tribble, these words served as a mantra that reinforced an idea she learned from her experiences at Wake Forest — that she is capable of achieving more than she ever thought possible. After graduation, Anna Grace plans to study biocultural anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Q: How have you changed since arriving on campus?
A: One of the things I’ve learned most in college is becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable intellectually. Math was never my strong suit, and now I’m a statistics minor. I realized I had to understand math to understand a lot of facets of what I want to do even if those aren’t my favorite things. Multi-varied stats with Dr. Berenhaut challenged me. It creates ties across spaces I’m not even thinking about. I found that when I studied, I did really well on tests, so that was the biggest confidence boost for understanding what I was capable of doing. That course is really going to stick with me for showing me what I can do.
Q: Explain your research in Nepal.
A: I did my anthropology honors thesis research in Nepal during the summer of my junior year. I interviewed female community health volunteers about tuberculosis. I was looking to see if there were any stigmas and if national statistics have any relevance to how the rest of world thinks Nepal’s relationship with tuberculosis looks. I surveyed their communities to see if the chain of communication between everyone matched up or if we need to reevaluate those communication networks.
Q: What shared values do you think unite the Wake Forest community?
A: We’re thoughtful. We think. When you move out of college, there’s not as much of that, the thinking, challenging, mulling over ideas and opinions. In the classroom, in our personal lives, there’s value in fact that we are a thinking community.
Q: How do you plan to use what you’ve learned at Wake Forest in your life and career?
A: Wake Forest as a school and a community fosters a sense of Pro Humanitate, for humanity, that I didn’t come in with. I’ve made friends who don’t volunteer for their resume; they volunteer because that’s something they value as who they are. Wake Forest is intentional in creating spaces where volunteerism is an opportunity, and I see that translating into my career. I want to work with people in south Asia, so living a life in an area that won’t always be the most comfortable serving people is exactly what I’m taking away from Wake Forest, that idea of for humanity.
Q: Tell us about your study abroad experience.
A: I studied in Venice, but that didn’t stop me from exploring all parts of the world. On breaks, I would go to different parts of Europe with friends. I even used a few days to go all the way to Jordan by myself; riding camels and traveling through the city with Arabic phrases written phonetically on paper.
Q: Where is the one place on campus you will miss most and why?
A: I felt so at home in a class called Gender, Health and Development with Karin Friederic. I could voice all my opinions about public health, all these things I held to be so important in the world. People would validate and affirm my perspectives, but none are afraid to call me on things and disagree. When we get into these upper-level classes at Wake Forest that is where I think we find communities.
Q: Your best advice for an incoming first-year student?
A: It’s good to have goals, but be willing to question what you believe in and what you’re dreaming about. Be able to defend those dreams and goals to people, but without such a single-mindedness. There’s a beauty in acknowledging that the goal could change at some point.