Humans of Annandale: Ruftana Beyene


Junior Ruftana Beyene

I always knew I wanted to be involved in our community at Annandale.
This year, I ran for president of the Ethiopian and Eritrea Association (EEA) to build a community of Ethiopian and Eritrean students who can get to know each other and strengthen bonds between the groups. Becoming an officer was a way for me to ensure that I could make a contribution.
I’ve also been a member of the yearbook team since my freshman year. As one of the editors, I work on the organization of the 2021-2022 yearbook, and implement the theme we’ve created into the book to ensure the year is truly memorable.
Being involved in the yearbook has made me feel connected to students and faculty, and like an important part of my school.
I’ve only recently joined the Atoms Writing Center, but I am excited to be a helpful member of my community in another unique way. English and history are both classes that require strong writing skills, and because they are my favorite subjects, I have dedicated a lot of time and energy into becoming a strong writer.
Although I’m very involved in the AHS community, it isn’t my whole life.
In my free time I enjoy gardening and have recently taught myself how to knit. My garden has tomatoes, peppers, herbs and flowers. I am also in the process of making a sweater for my sister right now. With all the activities I am participating in, my biggest challenge has been managing my time properly. I have multiple notebooks, calendars and planners to keep me organized.
After prioritizing what is most important, I do as much work as I can in my free time but I make sure to stop and take breaks to prevent burnout. I joined these clubs and organizations to have an enjoyable experience and intend on keeping it fun!
My plans after graduation are to attend a university that assists me in achieving my goals and preferably doesn’t bury me in debt.