#4: Ailana Brown
Ailana Brown is a go-getter. The senior sociology major from the Bronx has certainly left an impression at NU. Throughout her college years, she has been involved in a multitude of activities, such as NSO, CARE, the NU church choir, and the NU Alliance. She is the news director for WNIA, does an independent study with the chemistry department, and was also a photographer at the Castellani Art Museum and a substitute cook in Clet for a semester. On top of all that, she has sold original jewelry and holds sushi expos at the Gallagher Center.
All of this would seem to be enough to keep anyone busy for a while, but not Brown. Perhaps her most lasting achievement has been founding the NU ART club. Brown explains that she was looking for an art program that she could get involved with, but couldn’t find any. Since she couldn’t join a club, she made one herself.
NU ART was responsible for launching the mural project on campus last year. More recently, Brown has personally designed a mural at the Kiernan Center. The arts are important to her because she believes “it gives for a more complete education,” she says.
Brown is currently coordinating the first on-site breast cancer collection in collaboration with the chemistry and nursing departments, health services, and the sororities on campus. Volunteerism related to cancer societies is important to her, and she considers this her greatest achievement so far.
“At the end of the day, there is always something worth doing, some part of myself for a greater good. Anything that is impossible, I think ‘I’m possible,’” Brown says. “Thanks to everyone who helped transform a creative mess into a masterpiece.”