Tonica Hunter (BA French and German Studies 2007-11) has been named in the top ten of Future Leaders magazine's 100 most outstanding black students. Tonica, who graduated with a First in French and German, leads the way for Warwick in the publication, and is joined by Eli Gemegah, Mary Kyobula, Channon Zhangazha, Dawit Isak and Mikayla Ward in the top 100.
London Mayor Boris Johnson, who held a special reception for the graduates, said: “‘I have long held the view that the best way to encourage young people to achieve their dreams is for them to see others, particularly from a similar background to themselves, fulfilling their own ambitions."
When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I always wanted to be a lawyer because I heard people say it was a respectable job and that was the rationale for it every time someone asked me why.
What was the best careers advice you were given?
Be yourself on an application, in an interview and when you get the job. It’s pretty hard pretending to be someone else for much longer...
Describe yourself in three words
Meticulous. Altruistic. Ambitious.
What are the most challenging parts of your job?
Making your mark in an industry saturated with ideas and creativity.
What have you done that you are most proud of?
I believe my parents would say that they have trusted me to make my own decisions to date, are proud of my achievements both academic and extra curricular and are confident in my future - this makes me extremely proud.
What drives you?
I am driven by feeling what I will do daily can in some small way do some good. I am probably hardest on myself to achieve things rather than needing other people to motivate me.
What single thing would most improve the quality of your life?
The only thing I can think of that could improve the quality of my life is if my late grandmother were still alive.
What three objects would you take with you to a desert island?
My mum, music and Ribena.
Where do you hope to be in 10 years’ time?
Wherever destiny will have me. Preferably in a job where I enough influence to sort out the way our world works.
How would you like to be remembered?
As someone whose absence is so noticeable and who is great to be around.
What are your favourite memories of your university years at Warwick?
My first day, my friends, floor 2 of the library, Supreme team, my year abroad, my 22nd birthday, my last exam, my graduation, Nandos, Leam Spa, all of final year and Malta 2011.
Do you have any advice for new graduates?
Do what you love!
Anything else you would like to add?
Going to Warwick is one of the best decisions I have made to date.
Tonica Hunter: the facts
|Career:||I have interned for both advertising and political consultancy companies and worked in France as a language assistant. I am currently working but intend to go on to further studies. I would love to use my languages and intend to ultimately live and work abroad.|
|Interests:||Africa, Politics, Public Speaking, Music, France, Food.|