General Intelligence(s) is a non-profit organization originally conceived in April 2020 by Magda Wojtara, whose desire and idea to help FLI (First-Generation and Low-Income) students fueled an all inclusive website geared at undergraduates and high school students. With financial literacy, languages, coding, campus climate anecdotes, #virtualcollegetours, webinars, and more General Intelligence(s) hopes to help bridge the learning gap. Ultimately, we want to make common sense more common for students across the US. The passionate GI team members and content creators hail from top colleges and universities all across the United States, Canada and more . In addition to our team, we have content creators, mentors, tutors and our communities which we thank for playing a part in helping to make General Intelligence(s) a success.

Our official team continues to grow, and our new seasonal interns are getting onboarded. We have a rigorous application cycle for our internship process and for our team with around a third of applicants formally accepted.

To-Date we have helped more than 4,000 students with our resources.

Magda Wojtara

Founder and Executive Director of General Intelligence(s)

Magda is a junior at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor LSA Honors program. She is studying Neuroscience with minors in Interdisciplinary Astronomy and Science, Technology and Society on a pre-med track. She founded General Intelligence(s) to raise awareness of the lack of resource availability in many areas considered to be crucial for the academic and financial success of young adults. The lack of resources is even more pervasive in communities where many students identify as first-generation or low-income and results in lower graduation rates and additional adversities in post-secondary education.

Core Team

The core team of General Intelligences help with organizational collaborations and partnerships as well as marketing the organization. Many also contribute as content creators on the site as well!

Dee Dee Ogbogu

Contributor Core Team

DeeDee Ogbogu is a current post-baccalaureate student at CSUEB. She received a dual degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy from Boston University. She has worked with high school students from disadvantaged neighborhoods teaching workshops about Brain-Machine Interfacing, and Psychological Testing. She is very invested in cultivating the potential in young individuals for a better future and a better society. When she isn’t caught up in doing work, she likes to read, write, edit articles and papers done by others, and listen to music from the time she wakes up to the time she goes to bed. She hopes to go to medical school and receive her MD and PhD.

Srikar Savaram

Contributor Core Team

Srikar is a junior studying Biochemistry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Florida. He is also on the pre-med track. His other interests include his love for playing video games, binging tv shows, and learning new skills. Keeping it short and sweet is his personal motto. 

McKenna Denton

Contributor Core Team

McKenna is a recent graduate of Texas Tech University with a major in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Being a pre-medical school student, she understands the rigor and stress academics emphasizes, so taking time to go outside, listen to music or read a book is a priority of hers. She is beyond excited to be a part of General Intelligence(s) and the ambition behind it to ensure students have a support system.

Nicole Sezan

Contributor Core Team

Nicole is a junior studying Human Biology on the pre-med track at CUNY- Hunter College in NYC. Born and raised in NYC, she has been exposed to disadvantaged communities with all sorts of socioeconomic, health and environmental issues. Her goal as a future healthcare leader is to provide these underserved communities with opportunities to prosper. Nicole enjoys spending time exploring the Big Apple, volunteering at the local hospital and catching up on new shows & music. Thrilled to work with General Intelligence(s),  she cannot wait to connect with like minded individuals who share the same goal and vision.

Prathyusha Mahasamudram

Contributor Core Team

Prathyusha is currently pursuing an MS in Medical sciences through a specialized master’s program at The University of North Texas Health Science Center. She has a BS in Neuroscience from The University of Texas at Dallas. She is on a pre-med track. She has served as an advocate for many disadvantaged communities. She has a passion for mentorship and enjoys connecting people from all-walks of life with resources to help balance their health, education, and well-being. She also enjoys exploring different cuisines through eating and cooking, game-nights with friends, and exploring Austin with her family.

Haley Herbert

Contributor Core Team

Haley Herbert is a current Freshman at Columbia University’s Barnard College with intended majors in Computer Science and Neuroscience on the pre-med track. She has a passion for helping students from underserved communities. She was previously a content creator for the team!

Ishani Deshpande

Contributor Core Team

Ishani Deshpande is an undergraduate student at University of California Santa Cruz with a major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology and a minor in Bioinformatics. She is on the pre-med track. She’s passionate about mental health and loves to volunteer at the Crisis Text Line. In the past, she has enjoyed supporting disadvantaged communities by volunteering with different non-profit organizations, which is what pushed her to get involved with General Intelligences. She likes to spend her free time sketching, cooking with her family, and reading a good book.

Content Creators

A massive thank you to our amazing Content Creator team. Each one of them has been hand selected and chosen from a pool of applicants. Their selection is a testament to their passion for the team, and dedication to tackling educational inequality.

Our interns help General Intelligences with miscellaneous tasks on a voluntary basis in order to learn more about the field of educational inequality and to gain experience in the non-profit realm. We are currently hiring new interns and onboarding our accepted interns!
Interns typically are with us for a semester at which point they continue to be a part of the team in some capacity or leave the organization.

Nicholas Rutherford

Content : Pre-Professional, Experience

Nicholas Rutherford attends University of Pennsylvania studying Political Science and Psychology

Alexa De La Fuente

Content : Pre-Professional and Experience

Alexa De La Fuente attends Brown University and intends to concentrate in Ethnic Studies and Education.

Aina Zaidi

Content : Financial, Experience, and Language

Aina is a sophomore at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor interested in AI.

Abby Morales

Content : Financial Literacy, Pre-Professional, Experience and Language and Tech categories.

Abby Morales attends Cornell University studying Human Development, Family Studies and Related Services.

Iliyan Ajani

Content : Financial Literacy, Pre-Professional, Experience

Illiyan Ajani attends Parkview High School with interests in astronomy, environmental science, marine biology, or journalism.

Kellie Weisse

Content : Pre-Professional, Experience

Kellie Weisse attends University of Toronto in Canada.

Alexa Lauinger

Content : Pre-Professional, Experience

Alexa Lauinger recently graduated from CalTech with a degree in Biology.

Yash Makkapati

Content : Pre-Professional, Experience

Yash Makkapati is a rising M1 (medical student) at NYITCOM.

Natalie Tjahjadi

Content : F1RST in College E-Magazine

Natalie Tjahjadi attends University of California- Santa Barbra studying Cell and Developmental Biology.

Navdeep Kaur

Content : Pre-Professional, Language and Tech

Navdeep Kaur attends the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor studying Biology, Health and Society.

Shaunte Hadnot

Content : Pre-Professional, Experience

Shaunte Hadnot attends University of Texas-Austin studying Biochemistry.

Sameer Tebha

Intern

Sameer Tebha attends Jinnah Medical and Dental College in Pakistan.

Meadow Hansen

Intern

Meadow Hansen attends University of Tulsa.

Franklin Pham

Intern

Franklin Pham attends University of St. Thomas.

Amarachukwu Ohia

Intern

Amarachukwu Ohia attends American River Community College.

Kimberly De Santiago

Intern

Kimberly De Santiago attends Purdue University Northwest.

Trishal Muthan

Intern

Trishal Mutan attends Thomas Jefferson High School.

Nisha Joseph

Intern

Nisha Joseph attends University of California- Los Angeles.

Morgan Schafer

Intern

Morgan Schafer attends Michigan State University

Vasuki Gaba

Intern

Vasuki Gaba attends City College of NY- Hunter College


Alumni Team Members

This section is to acknowledge the contributions of members of the team that are not currently active, but that have contributed to the team in the past. Thank you for all your hard work!

Kathryn Root (Content Creator)- Clemson University

Esha Ali (Core Team Member)- University of Texas

Rohina Kumar (Content Creator) – University of Toronto

Michaela Greenlee (Content Creator) – New York University

Deena Haque (Content Creator)- Brown University, Neuroscience

Patrick Samaha (Content Creator) – University of Toronto, Engineering

Abhi Jadhav (Study Material Creator) , Colorado College, Neuroscience

Ariz Keshwani (Study Material Editing), Northwestern University, Public Health

Gohar Zakaryan (Mentorship) – McMaster University

Sruthi Shriram (Mentorship) – University of California Santa Cruz

Semin Hazir (Mentorship) -University of California Santa Cruz

Airam Viennelu Aliwalas (Mentorship)- University of North Florida

Inuri Galle Liyange (Mentorship)- CUNY Hunter College

Madeline Hsieh (Mentorship)- University of Houston

Jyothi Chunduru (Mentorship) – University of California Santa Cruz

Kellie Weisse (Mentorship)- University of Toronto

Angelina Liu (Mentorship) – University of Toronto

Anushka Sukhramani (Mentorship)- University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Jennifer Spencer (Mentorship)- McMaster University

Rahul Chopra (Mentorship) – University of Toronto

Kaelan Patel (Content Creator) – Wayne State University

Saleem Sabeer (Content Creator)- Johns Hopkins University

Nina Patel (Content Creator)- Otterbein University

Tien Vu (Core Team Member May-August 2020) – Haverford University

Sharmie Azurel (Content Creator until August 2020)- Columbia University

Angelo Sotto
ChemistryLower Level

Affan Siddiqui
Math

Kevin Ymeri
ChemistryLower Level

Rehmat Kaur
Chemistry-Lower Level

Brian Feng
Chemistry-Lower Level

Anna Nguyen
Math & Chemistry-Lower Level

Immanuela Okeke
Math

Yaren Dogru
Math

Rita Liao
ChemistryLower Level

Nina Marsh
Math & Chemistry-Lower Level

Brenda Vasquez
Biology- Lower LEVEL

Malhar Patel
Physics

Ken Huang
IB HL Sciences



Facts and Stats:

“It has been shown that strong academic preparation in high school can narrow gaps in college persistence between first-generation students and their peers. Unfortunately, students from low-income backgrounds tend to be less ready for college, in part because their schools often lack the resources and course offerings to properly prepare them.”

http://debsedstudies.org/low-income-high-success/

“The researchers found not only that low-income students are more likely to be exposed to weaker math content in schools, but also that a substantial share of the difference in math performance between rich and poor students is related to this inequality. This school inequality is part of a larger socioeconomic performance gap that also includes the students’ home background.
In the United States, the school inequality gap was 37 percent, meaning that more than a third of the disadvantage in math performance for poor students was due to inequalities in math coverage.”

https://research.msu.edu/schools-worsen-inequality-especially-in-math/

“Prospective college students from low-SES backgrounds are less likely to have access to informational resources about college (Brown, Wohn, & Ellison , 2016). Additionally, compared to high-SES counterparts, young adults from low-SES backgrounds are at a higher risk of accruing student loan debt burdens that exceed the national average (Houle, 2014).”

https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/education

“The success rate of low-income students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines is much lower than that of students who do not come from underrepresented backgrounds (Doerschuk et al., 2016).”

https://www.apa.org/pi/ses/resources/publications/education