Philosophy DSA Anna Budnick

Anna Budnick

Hometown: Grand Rapids, MI
Majors: Philosophy and Psychology
Study Abroad: London, United Kingdom
Best Adjective to Describe You: Driven

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
You’re able to explore your interests with an amazing group of peers and highly intelligent professors.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Keep an open mind. There are endless connections we can make with philosophy to other areas of study. Allow our department to help you engage with your other studies, whether in school or outside of it, in a deeper and more fulfilling way.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Not everything will go exactly as you planned and that is usually for the best.

What has been your favorite class at K?
Postmodern Critical Theory. It opened up the world of psychoanalysis for me and I have since discovered a rich and engaging passion because of it.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
It allowed me to double major in my two areas of interest without having to give one of them up.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I interned for Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation’s youth development program which has since turned into a full-time position. I have TA’ed for Dr. Tan in two of her classes and Dr. Latiolais’ 19th Century Philosophy. I am also on Dr. Gregg’s research team for his work in sexuality.

What is your SIP?
I am investigating the effect that childhood perceived safety for men plays on their willingness to respond violently when disrespected.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I will be applying to graduate school to get my PhD. in Forensic Psychology to either do research or work as an expert witness with our legal system.

Generally speaking, what is your favorite thing about K?
The professors.

What is a random fun fact about you?
I’d rather be a mermaid than a millionaire.