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|Olivia Dowler is a sophomore at West Virginia University studying History and Spanish. She grew up in the town of Weirton, West Virginia and is a 2020 recipient of the WVU Foundation Scholarship. All of her identities–a first-generation student, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, an activist, among others–have guided her perspective through life. Growing up, she often wondered which of these characteristics would become her one “identity” as perceived by other people. With time, she realized that nobody else can define your character and that one trait does not have to dominate your identity. Self-acceptance has allowed her to dive deeper into her passions and leadership abilities. At WVU, she serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Student Assembly within the Student Government Association. Olivia aspires to obtain her JD and PhD in American History to practice Human Rights Law to teach at the collegiate level.