Clarkie of the Week: Morufat Bello

Image courtesy of Ayebea Larbi-Tieku

Image courtesy of Ayebea Larbi-Tieku

Jessie Garbeil, Scarlet Staff

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A senior Political Scientist at Clark University, Morufat Bello (‘20) has a lot to share about her time at Clark as an avid dancer in Clark’s African Diaspora Dance Association (ADDA) and former president of the Black Student Union *BSU). Read on to learn about her unique experience interning with a senator and her sage advice to Clarkies interested in politics!

 

The Scarlet: Tell me a little bit about yourself.

 

Morufat: Let the questions begin… My name is Morufat Bello. I am a senior studying Political Science, with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Geography… I’m also from Nigeria. I think that’s basically it. 

 

The Scarlet: Why did you choose Clark?

 

Morufat: For me, really, though, it was more about the academics… I wasn’t very particular about what I was looking for. Clark was one of the schools that was on my list that I thought would help me make that happen. At the end of the day, I decided I was going to come to Clark. 

 

The Scarlet: Which organizations or clubs are you most involved in on campus or are most important to you personally?

 

Morufat: Okay, so… Since my freshman year, I have been part of a dance team, the African Diaspora Dance Association. That was one club that I was really looking forward to being a part of, and I’ve been a part of it since my first semester of my freshman year. I really enjoyed being part of that club. It’s really helped me grow. 

I think when we dance, we always think about the entertainment part of it, or the exercise part, or the stress part. We never really think about anything more than that, and being a part of this since my freshman year, I feel like it’s helped me gain a lot of self-confidence because you see how much you’ve grown and the things that you don’t do anymore and the things you’re not shy about. I think it’s been a huge driving force in helping me gain self-confidence. 

I’m also a part of the Black Student Union since my freshman year and I was the president in my sophomore and junior year. That too helped me gain confidence. You have to have some form of confidence in yourself to be able to do that and to be in that position. 

 

The Scarlet: I saw that you did an internship in Congressman McGovern’s office… what was that like?

 

Morufat: That was a good summer. It was different than what I expected. I expected it to be very cutthroat, but that wasn’t the case. It was a space where you were guided, but also allowed to do things, as long as you were doing them right. Overall, it was very fulfilling – being able to help constituents, answer questions, help them reach out to different organizations and agencies. The biggest part of it was that you were helping them because they need some form of help, and that’s why they’ve come to the office. Being able to help them do that was very big for me. I was able to help a lot of people who had questions regarding visas, permanent residency… sometimes they don’t get the answers they need, and being able to give them some clarity… I was very grateful for that experience. I really enjoyed it. 

 

The Scarlet: On that note, what advice do you have to Clarkies who might be interested in becoming more involved in Massachusetts politics or just the Worcester community in general?

 

Morufat: If you’re interested in something particular, there’s nothing wrong with talking to people about it. Because I think sometimes when we share our passion and our goals with others we never know what person has any connections, what person has the same experiences as you and might be able to point you in the right direction. So talking to people about what you want to do and what you’re going to do is very important because not only can they point you in the right direction, they can advise you about how to go about it. Definitely talk to seniors, talk to faculty, literally just talk to anybody, because you just don’t know who is out there and who can take that step. 

 

The Scarlet: If you were a food, which food would you be?

 

Morufat: I like that… you might not even know what I’m talking about… I eat a lot of Nigerian foods, so you might not know what I’m referencing. That would be fried plantains and eggs.