Raisa Alam graduated from Barnard College in New York where she majored in neuroscience and behavior. As an undergraduate, she volunteered as a Senior Health Educator with Peer Health Exchange – an organization that matches college students with high school students to facilitate dialogue on taboo health topics such as sex, drug abuse, and mental health. She also conducted research in a neuroscience lab at the Columbia University Medical Center on the effects of early life stress on susceptibility to depression. After serving with Impact America, Raisa hopes to pursue a Masters in public health and go into mental health policy.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy visiting art museums and going to concerts in my free time. I’m a lifelong New Yorker, but I’m enthusiastic to explore and embrace a very different part of the country.

What is your favorite book, film, or song?
My favorite book is A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini.