Waideen was born and raised in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She graduated from College Academy at Broward College, simultaneously earning her high school diploma and Associate of Arts degree at the end of senior year. Throughout her high school/early college experience, she has participated in a variety of enriching programs and clubs, including an official National Honor Society position, serving as Vice President of the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), and leading a social activism non-profit organization. Along with those accomplishments, she has also had the opportunity to intern at her local city hall, specializing in community development. When she’s not working or doing any extracurriculars, her interests lie in books, art (embroidery and fashion), music, cooking, fitness and traveling. She’s also very family-oriented; growing up with her four siblings and mother, she’s always valued the family aspect that adds to her Jamaican heritage and culture, including sharing native dinners and celebrating holidays. It was through connecting with her own family and diverse town, watching lots of travel videos, and acknowledging the world’s beauty and damage that she decided to pursue an education in International Relations. She is beyond excited for the Tufts Civic Semester in Peru to broaden her perspective and world view, enhance her three years of menial Spanish, make lasting friendships and positively impact communities.