Rediet Alemu


Hometown & Country

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia



Extracurricular Interests

Anything related to Africa, dance, music (reggae + afrobeats), fashion (clothing + hair)

Favorite place in Harvard Square


What can FIPpers talk to you about?

Mental health, romance, sex, movies, books, annoyances, racism, sexism, other-ism (all the various phobias), food, history, hair, fashion

Why should a freshman choose FIP?

A first-year should choose FIP because they will undoubtedly meet their closest friends, have the best transition into an American institution, have a support group of other students on student Visas, have a 1 in 10 chance of being my child!


Born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Rediet is currently a second-year student at Harvard University, studying Cognitive Neuroscience with a secondary in African Studies and a language citation in KiSwahili. She is a research intern at the Center for African Studies and works as a peer tutor. Additionally, she is currently serving as the vice president of the Harvard African Students Association. Rediet prides herself on being the first and only tone-deaf member of the Kuumba Singers on campus. She also prefers to be called Red, if you can’t pronounce her full name. She is also very sarcastic. This summer she will be working on a mental health intervention for low-income youth with anxiety and depression in Nairobi, Kenya.