Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Hanifah was introduced to Southern Vermont College (SVC) through an opportunity from the Academy for Young Writers in New York City. Upon entering SVC, she became a Mountaineer Scholar. Hanifah is involved in several extracurricular activities on campus--in Student Government Association, MooseCorps and Mountaineer Events Board.
When events are happening at SVC, one can always count on Hanifah’s attendance as she socializes with friends. One of her favorite books is “If You Come Softly” by Jacqueline Woodson. She also loves to write poetry. Read one of her poems below:
My name is Hanifah Bilqis Presley
Not Honifah or Hannifah
Not Bilquis or Baleekis
No I am not Elvis' cousin
We have no blood relation
My name is a true reflection of me
It means believer
& Queen of Sheba
Presley belongs to my Dad's family
& I am a daddy's girl
If you are unsure--ask me
I will gladly tell you
My name is not a joke
It is who I am, who is me
and who I will always be
Hanifah plans to attend graduate school and hopes to become a school counselor for children. After interning at a daycare center in high school, she knew this was the field for her.
Hanifah believes that “You need to be open-minded about a lot of things. Don’t be close-minded. Be open to new experiences and get involved”! She stands by Mohatma Ghandi’s quote, “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.”
Michelle Deal, Assistant Professor, The Hunter Division of Humanities