Africa in Our Lives: Sam Allen

UW-Madison senior Sam Allen has never taken the conventional path when it comes to his education. The Geography and International Studies major managed to integrate his passion for Swahili with a career path in the Army. He shares what inspired him to study the continent, his takeaways from his time in Tanzania, and his favorite Swahili phrase.

Field of Study: Geography, International Studies, African Studies (certificate)
Hometown: Appleton, WI

What brought you to Madison?

Aside from the vagaries of the college admissions process writ large, I didn’t see the need to move to a coast to receive a world-class education. The gorgeousness of campus and liveliness of student life, combined with Madison’s role as a locus of government and culture, pushed me over the edge.

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