Tell us about your journey from Sudan to UVA.
Bakhit: My journey from Sudan to UVA was not easy or predictable. When I received my admission offer in the spring, I was very excited to come to UVA. Shortly after in April, the conflict broke out in Sudan in which 9,000 people have lost their lives and around 5.6 million have lost their homes. After six months, little remains of my city, Khartoum.
My family and I were visiting relatives outside of the country. We decided for our safety that it was better to not go back at that time. My brother who was still in Sudan had to evacuate our house and go to a safe shelter. We lost our home and our belongings.
I came to UVA with an almost empty bag, but I've had tremendous support from my family and Batten admissions, who were very kind and understanding of my situation.