Ronterika Exford, a native of Montgomery, Alabama, graduated magna cum laude from The University of Alabama in 2018 where she majored in criminal justice and completed a minor in English. During her undergraduate career, Ronterika studied abroad in Italy exploring various cities, participated in Beyond Bama service trips, and held positions in campus organizations such as the Future Black Law Students Association. Ronterika has held internship positions at the District Attorney’s office in Montgomery and at Bradley, Arant, Boult, Cummings, LLP in Birmingham, Alabama. After serving with Impact America, Ronterika plans to obtain her Masters of Social Work and possibly attend law school thereafter.

What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?

As a participant in the Beyond Bama alternative Spring Break service trips, I traveled to various cities in surrounding states to provide services to those in need. During a trip to Orlando, Florida I was able to volunteer at the Give Kids The World Village (GKTW). GKTW is a resort in which children with critical illnesses and their families are treated to a weeklong, cost-free vacation. This service experience was significantly meaningful to me because I was able to aid in providing a memorable experience for these children and their families, and for families who were revisiting the village after losing children who had come with them before.

What is your biggest strength?

My ability to persevere through situations and circumstances despite the obstacles and difficulties I face.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I collect all holiday cards, birthday cards, thank you notes, letters of encouragement etc. that I receive.