One of Denise Bates’ favorite books is Matilda, by Roald Dahl. It’s a story about a young girl who doesn’t quite know what to do with her own unique abilities and winds up finding strength in her own power and goodwill.
It seems only fitting that the Northeasten freshman—who has volunteered for years with myriad organizations built around helping and empowering young girls—would identify with Matilda’s story.
“I think we all go through that lack of confidence phase when we’re younger, and reading about this girl who was strong and powerful really resonated with me,” said Bates, SSH’21. “I’ve worked with a lot of kids, but if I see girls especially struggling in ways I have in the past, I want to help.”