Critical Theory

Critical Theory DSA Hadley Hilner

Hadley Hilner

Hometown: Traverse City, MI
Majors: English and Psychology
Minor: Art History
Concentration: Critical Theory
Study Abroad: Rome, Italy

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
Being able to communicate with other like-minded individuals who are willing to challenge my thinking.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to your colleagues and advisors! Everyone is more than willing to help you achieve.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Communication is very important. Everything in life is much easier if you are willing to engage in speaking with others.

What has been your favorite class at K?
My sophomore seminar, Global Shakespeares with Dr. Smith, was my favorite class I have taken at K. The course allowed for so much indulgent thinking about well-known literature. The structure gave opportunity to each student to voice their unique opinions, which led to enlightening discussions and new ideas.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I have been able to take classes that I would have never imagined would interest me, allowing me to then narrow my wide interests into broad fields and continue taking interesting courses.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have had the opportunity to be a teaching assistant for the Reading the World: English Gardens course, in which I was able to expand my knowledge of the course beyond student-level and make community relations with gardeners in the Kalamazoo area.

What is your SIP?
I am doing research on the effects of nature on cognition.

Generally speaking, what is your favorite thing about K?
The community of students and faculty.

What is a random fun fact about you?
I have never seen a Marvel movie.