Alia Shafi
Alia Shafi
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Lafayette, Calif.
High School: Acalanes

Concentration: intends to concentrate in Chemistry

Before Brown: A three-sport athlete at Acalanes High School...Earned a varsity letter in soccer, cross country and track...Rowed for the Oakland Strokes Rowing Club...Won a gold medal at the Head of the Charles in 2011...Won a gold medal in the varsity eight at the 2012 Youth National Championships after winning silver in the lightweight eight the year before...Took first place in the varsity eight and the lightweight eight at the 2013 Southwest Regional Championships...Won USRowing's Junior Rower of the Year award in 2012...Voted "Most Inspirational" by her Oakland Strokes teammates in 2012 and 2013.

Why did you choose Brown? "I was inspired by Brown's curriculum and the challenging independence the school gives you to create your education."