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PeerForward Alumni Peace Arobieke recounts her time at Howard University


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Meet this week’s Alumni Spotlight: Peace Arobieke! Peace graduated from Howard University in May of 2023 with a major in psychology and a minor in business administration. Like many Alumni of our program, Peace continued to act as a student leader throughout her postsecondary education journey. We caught up with her to learn more about her experience at Howard and why she chooses to serve as a PeerForward Alumni.


Peace at the gates of Howard University.

Why do YOU serve?

I wouldn’t be where I am today without people supporting, guiding, and pouring into me. Serving is my way of giving back.

What was the best part of attending your college/university?

The best part of attending Howard University was being surrounded by black excellence from all over the globe. My peers thrived, not only academically, but outside of the classroom as well. I would see a straight A biology major who was also a model, president of an organization, and volunteered regularly. While that can be daunting to some, it was inspiring to me. I had the mindset that if this person can do it, so can I!

How did PeerForward change your perspective of college?

I love the fact that PeerForward inspires everyone that they can go to college, regardless of their grades, stats, background, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.

Peace in her Miss Afrique sash.

How did you act as a positive influence to your peers in college?

I was very involved in college. With everything that I did and with everyone I encountered, I tried my hardest to be a great student leader. I competed in pageants and later won the Miss Afrique pageant, which meant I represented Howard’s African Students’ Association and implemented my campaign promises. I studied abroad in Spain for a semester, and got to visit 6 other countries. I was on multiple executive boards and helped to make the campus a better place. I volunteered often. I even created a YouTube channel to help incoming college (and Howard) students, because I know getting acclimated to college can be rough for some.

What’s one piece of college advice you’d offer Peer Leaders?

Try EVERYTHING! Take a class that’s not related to your major, change your major, add a minor, try internships in different fields, study abroad, join that club, or create a new club. Don’t think you’re trapped in a box.

Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.