Imani Robinson was born in San José, Costa Rica and moved to the US in 2005. She first lived in Waveland, Mississippi with her family, then moved to Greenville, SC at the end of the year. She graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2016 with a B.A. in Spanish and a cognate in French. For a year after graduation, she worked for Girl Scouts as the Hispanic Outreach Specialist and traveled through the upstate delivering programming to girls attending low-income schools. After her year serving with Impact America, Imani plans to become a language teacher abroad.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to read (mostly fiction), taking road trips and visiting landmarks/historical sites, attending concerts nearby, spending time outdoors, playing my viola, and learning new things.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

Most of my favorite quotes are by German-American author Charles Bukowski, who died a little under a year before I was born. The quote, although somewhat dark, inspires me to never give up, to give my best 100% of the time, and to always continue working towards my goals:

“If you’re going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don’t even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery–isolation. [Those things] are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you’ll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine.

If you’re going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It’s the only good fight there is.” ― Charles Bukowski, Factotum