Hometown: Watts, California
Majors: Anthropology/Sociology and English
Study Away: Border Studies Program
Best Adjective to Describe You: Open
In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best thing about being part of my department is how the professors care about your actual learning and how they push your thinking outside of your previous parameters. After taking one ANSO class, you will never run out of things to talk about.
What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
The biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores is don’t be afraid to reach out and go to office hours! The best way to connect to the department is by getting to know the professors. It might feel intimidating at first but many times these professors become your friends and/or mentors, etc.
What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing that I have learned from K is that there are many people who will surprise you if you give them the chance. You may become friends with people you would never expect to. Expect the unexpected!
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Out of the many to choose from, I would say Chicanx Literature and Prisoners and Detainees because of how they challenged me in previous ways of thinking, which many ANSO classes do.
How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Yes! I have been able to take a lot of classes outside my major while still being able to be on track for ANSO and English. A lot of the time concepts carry over multiple classes.
What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I am the Civic Engagement Scholar of the Kalamazoo County Identification Program and I interned for Read and Write Kalamazoo last summer.
What is your SIP?
My SIP is in the ANSO department, it is an intimate ethnography of border encounters through different times and spaces and what these things have to do with how we navigate life.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K, I am interested in graduate school, possibly in border studies.