Hometown: Grinnell, IA
Majors: Philosophy and Economics
Concentrations: Critical Theory and Media Studies
Study Abroad: London School of Economics
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You: Decisive
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Critical theory is a strong foundation for any analytic student.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
The interdisciplinary rigor of critical theory is unmatched and is the aspect of the field that got me interested in the first place. The excellent classes and engaging professors keep me coming back.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Don’t be afraid to take higher-level classes in your second year. In fact, challenge yourself as much as possible, as soon as possible, you’ll thank yourself come junior and senior year.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Critical theory is as much an analytic approach as it is a particular discipline with its own content. The analytic approach is constantly applicable in other academic fields, professional engagements, and essentially any setting that requires clear, coherent, structured thought. The content itself is highly interdisciplinary and inherently involves my other interests, academic and otherwise.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Everything in moderation.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Philosophy of Language. It is hands down one of the best classes around and offers an invaluable chance to enhance your understanding of something we all take for granted: speech. In doing so, it gives you a novel and illuminating way to view the world.
What is your SIP?
Developing a comprehensive theory of truth, then applying it to a handful of fields and topics of debate.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Before pursuing graduate degrees I’d like to work in consulting for a few years, focusing my interests during this time.