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Q&A: Ismael Perez '13

Story by: Jenny Chen '13J

A native of Houston, Texas, Ismael Perez '13 talks with insideColby’s Jenny Chen ’13J about music, math, and multiculturalism.

Ismael Perez '13You’re head of the Colby Eight [Colby’s oldest a cappella group]. How long have you been part of that?
I joined my freshman year. I’d never done a cappella before, and I ended up loving it. It’s nice to have a group of people that are consistently there. Our group has changed a lot. I’ve definitely pushed for a better mix—we don’t just sing hip-hop, we have R&B, barbershop, ska … .

Speaking of good mix, what are you majoring in?
I’m a math major, and physics and women's, gender and sexuality [studies] minor. I’ve always known I was interested in a lot of different things, but I didn’t know I was going to take classes on them. I picked up the WGSS minor because the work I do with PCB is very similar and [the minor] was a nice extension. WGSS is the thing that keeps me sane.

You’re the publicity chair of PCB [the Pugh Community Board, which manages multicultural programming]. How did you get involved with that?
My freshman and sophomore year I went to every single one of [PCB’s] events. My sophomore year I decided I was going to apply junior year. It’s an amazing group of people. We’ve made multicultural programming a little more consumable and relevant.

If you could tell your freshman self something, what would it be?
Minor in math. Just kidding! I would say do these things earlier. I wish I had applied to PCB earlier. I wish I had gotten involved earlier.

Jenny Chen '13J
North Potomac, Maryland
Majors: English, International Studies...