Allan, a graduate of the Westminister Schools, got a Twitter account to follow the Arab Spring, the revolutions that roiled the region last year and toppled governments in Egypt, Libya and other nations.
“I’m on the optimistic side,” she said. “The Arab Spring is one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in my lifetime. There is a lot of work to do. But it shows change can occur.”
Allan received a Foundation Fellowship scholarship at UGA, which allowed much of her travel, including to Morocco where she studied Arabic. She will graduate next month with bachelor’s degrees in Arabic, economics, and international affairs as well as a master’s degree in international policy. She plans to work at the Carter Center in the spring and maybe travel to the Middle East before heading to England.
He father, John, is a tax lawyer at Jones Day, and her mother is the high school dean of instructional technology at Westminister.
Allan and 10 other Rhodes finalists were confined in tight quarters at Emory University for much of the day Saturday as they underwent their final interviews before the schorlarships were announced for two of them.
The group agreed to not talk about the award or their interviews. “It was kind of an awkward situation, so we played the board game Apples to Apples,” she said. The other winner from this district was Daniel Young, a Cornell University student from Virginia.
Buolamwini, studied computer science at Georgia Tech and has worked on projects with Google and is working on studies to see how technology can impact health in Africa.
On an online site, she calls herself, “ambitious, tenatious and somewhat loquacious. I live to build foundations for castles in the sky.”