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Chelsea CochraneChelsea Cochrane was born and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland and moved to North Carolina to attend Carolina for undergrad, completing a B.A. in Exercise and Sport Science and Sociology.

After graduation, she began working in Academic Advising, where she decided to pursue her master’s in College Counseling and Student Development from North Carolina State University.

In her free time, Chelsea loves to binge-watch Netflix, do yoga and eating great food.

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How do you identify yourself?

I typically identify myself as a Black woman because my race and gender are the two most salient aspects of my identity. Furthermore, I am an able-bodied, young, Christian, cis-woman that values and respects each person’s unique set of experiences.

List three things that people would be most surprised to learn about you.

1. Before pursuing higher education, I was pre-health-focused.
2. I have an adopted brother.
3. I was a cheerleader for over 10 years.

Whom do you most admire and why?

From a young age, my dad taught me to be a woman of integrity and to “be okay with who I am when no one is watching.” It can be extremely difficult to stay true to oneself in the world we live in. However, seeing my dad choose to be his authentic self every day despite obstacles that come his way is so admirable and pushes me to be a better woman.