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Courtney Wise

Anthropology and Sociology

Cary, IL
Major: Anthropology & Sociology
Community & Global Health
Study Abroad:
Varanasi, India
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Oreo Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
It gives students the critical skills to understand the world.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
In an increasingly global world, it is our responsibility to investigate the various structural issues that negatively impact our lives. I find it riveting that the department constantly seeks to not only identify what is problematic with the current system we live in, but pushes its students to figure out solutions.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Do the readings – they’re assigned because they’re interesting, and show up to class. The professors in the department are wonderfully thoughtful in what they lecture, and pose the most fascinating questions that challenge just about everything you thought you knew.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Most everything that I’m interested in involves people in some way, whether that’s cross-country, gardening or volunteering with the KPS. I’m all about people, and love to know any one’s thoughts and ideas about various social issues, and the ANSO department has enhanced my ability to talk about these issues more in depth.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Never to assume or generalize anything about a person based on what they appear to be. Everyone coming to K is walking into the classroom with completely different backgrounds and diverse sets of experiences.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
The sophomore seminar You Are What You Eat with Dr. Baptiste. It simply blew my mind. The readings were so rich and delved into issues of class, race, gender, religion and ethnicity under the guise of food. I’m actually TAing it in the fall!

What is your SIP?
I’m doing a summer practicum SIP through the organization CISV and will be analyzing youth leadership on an international scale through the context of access, impacts, strategies, success and sustainability of programs.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I will most certainly be traveling after graduation, but as far as career aspirations go, I hope to get involved in social work.

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