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Out and About: Aretha Prabawa

Out and About: Aretha Prabawa
Out & About: Aretha Prabawa, Windsor Chamber of Commerce Volunteer

Earlier this year the Windsor Chamber of Commerce began a partnership with Windsor High School’s English Department to produce this Out & About series of profiles of Chamber members. Now, we turn our spotlight to the writer of these recent articles, Aretha Prabawa. A 2019 graduate of Windsor High School, Aretha spent the last month visiting family in Indonesia and later this month, will begin her freshman year at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where she will pursue a B.S. in chemistry and hopes to play the violin in the University’s orchestra.

A native of Indonesia, Aretha, her parents and an older brother moved to Windsor when she was four so that her father could take a local job. Having grown up in a very traditional Indonesian Muslim household, she says she still has the feeling of being culturally divided—“I’m still getting used to America.” Like so many Windsor residents, however, one of her favorite town memories is going to the Shad Derby, and she looks forward to returning to this unique event in the years to come.

At Windsor High School, Aretha took advantage of the many AP classes offered. “I feel that the teachers in Windsor really care about the students and want them to succeed. I hope I formed really good connections with them, and I’ll always be thankful because they’ve helped me succeed.”

An accomplished musician, Aretha has played the violin for 14 years, most recently in the high school orchestra and regional orchestras. “I am obsessed with music, both playing and listening,” she says. She likes to analyze music to discover patterns and chord progressions and to figure out what makes a song interesting. Aretha continues, “STEM and creativity have so much to do with one another. Innovation comes with creativity—you can’t have one without the other.” She is a believer in arts in education, saying, “the creative parts of the day help students expand their minds and let out emotions.”
Also at Windsor High School, Aretha was a member of the social justice-oriented Action Club. “As an immigrant, as a Muslim and as a woman in this political climate, I consider myself an activist. I want to be part of a change. Activism has to do with communicating—both in fighting for your beliefs and in understanding where other people are coming from, because everyone’s not the same as you.”

Reflecting on her work on the Out & About series—interviewing and photographing Chamber members at their places of work and writing feature articles—Aretha says, “I enjoyed the challenge of writing and meeting new people. The articles required a lot of thinking and planning, and I think they made my academic writing more concise and clear.”

The Windsor Chamber of Commerce was pleased to honor Aretha as our Volunteer of the Year at our recent annual meeting. Beyond that, we have been thrilled to work with Aretha on Out & About this year and we wish this bright, serious and engaging young woman the very best in college and beyond!

By Sarah Gilligan, owner of Cerebration Writing + Design, is President of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce.


Events

Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber Office
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Dec 10 at Chamber office
Ukulele Holiday Benefit Concert
Dec 10 at Windsor High School Auditorium
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Dec 11 at Chamber office
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Card Stamp event to win Gift Cards
Dec 14 at House of Books and Games, Ewe and You, The Bean
Hearth Cooking Class
Dec 14 at Windsor Historical Society
Visit with Santa Claus
Dec 14 at Wilson Fire Department- 50 Pine Lane
Wreath Across America
Dec 14 at Windsor Veterans Memorial Cemetery
HBG Beth Caruso book signing
Dec 15 at House of Books and Games
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Dec 15 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Adult Drawing and Painting 101
Mondays thru Dec 16 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Monday Morning Book Club
Dec 16 at Windsor Public Library
Diabetic Support Group
Dec 17 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Intermediate Adult Art
Tuesdays till Dec. 17 at Windsor Art Center Studios
Learn to Crochet
Tuesdays at Windsor Public Library
Holiday Networking Breakfast
Dec 18 at 360 Federal Credit Union, 191 Ella Grasso Turnpike, Windsor Locks
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Ashley's Annual "Men's Night"
Dec 19 at ASHLEY'S DISTINCTIVE JEWELRY & GIFTS
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Dec 19 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Kids Movie and Craft Night
Dec 20 at WAC Train Station Studio Classroom
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Dec 26 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
New Years Eve Surf & Turf
Dec 31 at The Tavern at Keney Park
New Years Day Brunch
Jan 1, 2020 at The Tavern at Keney Park
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 2, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Jan 4, 2020 at The Bean @ 226
HBG Adult Game Night at LP Wilson
1st Monday at LP Wilson Rec Center
Ambassadors Committee Meeting
Jan 8, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 8, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Business After Hours
Jan 8, 2020 at Preserve at Great Pond, 2000 Day Hill Rd
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Alzheimer's Support Group
2nd Thursdays at Kimberly Hall N.
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 12, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Chamber Board of Directors meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber Office
Learn to Crochet
Jan 14, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Tourism Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Transportation Committee Meeting
Jan 14, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 15, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Programs Committee Meeting
3rd Thursday at Bart's Drive In, 55 Palisado Ave, Windsor
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Jan 16, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Jan 19, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Diabetic Support Group
Jan 21, 2020 at AP1, LP WIlson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Hot Lunch Program-60&Up
Weekdays at the Senior Center
Learn to Crochet
Jan 21, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 22, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Veterans Coffee Hour
Jan 23, 2020 at Windsor Senior Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Windsor, CT
Monday Morning Book Club
Jan 27, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Learn to Crochet
Jan 28, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Jan 29, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Book Buzz Event
Jan 30, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
WWC Tag & Vendor Sale
Feb 1, 2020 at L.P. Wilson Community Center, 599 Matianuck Avenue, Wndsor
Open Skate at Loomis Chaffee
Feb 2, 2020 at Loomis Chaffee Ice Rink - Island Road
Learn to Crochet
Feb 4, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Transportation Committee Meeting
Feb 4, 2020 at Chamber office
Bring Your Gadgets to the Geeks
Feb 5, 2020 at Windsor Public Library
Red Door of Grace Food Pantry
Wednesdays at Grace Episcopal Church, 311 Broad St., Windsor, CT
Windsor Business Connection
1st Wednesday at Hampton Inn, 2168 Poquonock Ave
Talk It Up Toastmasters Meeting
Feb 6, 2020 at 175 Addison Road, Windsor, CT
HBG RPG nights at the Bean
Feb 8, 2020 at The Bean @ 226