Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

Zach Sloan

Activities? I am the acting President of the Wheaton Men’s Rugby Club. I have been part of the club for all four years, and it has been one of the most valuable components of my Wheaton experience. I am also a writing tutor at the Kollett Center.

Favorite class/professor? My favorite class was African Politics with Professor Gerry Huiskamp. We discussed the colonial legacy in Sub-Saharan Africa, examining in great detail the socio-political repercussions of Western imperialism. Professor Huiskamp’s passion for the material quickly rubbed off on the entire class, resulting in some very lively discussions. This class was extremely influential in an independent study I later conducted, which addressed the plight of child soldiers in Mozambique.

Something interesting about me? I love to cook. After high school, I nearly enrolled at the Apicius Culinary Institute in Florence, Italy. Instead, I decided to get a liberal arts degree, but my passion for the culinary arts is still very much alive.

Teach for America: After a rigorous application process, I was accepted into the Teach for America corps. Teach for America is composed of recent college graduates, from all different academic backgrounds who are dedicated to ending educational inequity in American public schools. I have been placed in Phoenix, Arizona where I will be teaching special education in under-served neighborhoods. I am thrilled to be part of such a laudable organization, and I cannot wait to get to work.

Most thrilling adventure? My most thrilling adventure occurred while studying abroad in Rome, Italy. On a whim, I flew to Cairo Egypt for a weekend. The sheer magnitude of the city, combined with the unfamiliar sights and smells of the famous market place Khan el-Khalili were quite overwhelming. My camel-back tour of the Great Pyramids was a thrilling adventure and evoked in me a keen passion for traveling and experiencing new cultures.