Adaurennaya Onyewuenyi, who affectionately goes by Ada, is a leader, advocate, supporter, scholar and the reason why I am a graduate student (and still a grad student) in the College of Education today! Ada is a second year doctoral student in the Learning Sciences & Human Development in the College of Education. She is also a graduate staff member for the College of Education’s Office of Minority Recruitment & Retention (OMRR). Ada deserves to be recognized for her hard work and her contributions she makes to the graduate student community. More than anything, she has been a tremendous support to first-generation graduate students from disciplines all across campus. She shares her knowledge and experiences of being graduate student of color to all who will listen. She is a great mentor in providing advice and support on everything from writing research papers, citation management, to managing your time and makes time to talk about all things Shonda Rhimes, “Scandal” and “How to Get Away with Murder”. Ada is a great role model and inspires many prospective and new graduate students to get the most out of their graduate programs. When times get tough, you can count on Ada to give you some encouraging words of realness, help you see the bigger picture, and remind you that you are destined for great things! Because of Ada, I know I can succeed and do well in graduate school. She’s an amazing woman and deserving of recognition during the 2015 Celebrating UW Women event.