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Kalamazoo College

Emily Levy

Jewish Studies
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Anthropology and Sociology
Jewish Studies
Study Abroad:
Aberdeen, Scotland
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip (because the ratio of chocolate to vanilla is perfect in every bite)
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
The Jewish Studies Department is welcoming to everyone and provides a safe learning environment for every topic discussed.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Initially, I was drawn to the Jewish Studies department to continue my Jewish learning that has been ongoing most of my life. Every Jewish Studies class I have participated in has not only taught me about Jewish history and important topics, but also they have taught me to be a better writer and critical thinker.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take Hebrew as your language, not only does it earn you credit for the concentration and the language requirement, but it provides a deeper connection to the material learned in the history and religion based classes.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The Jewish Studies program has provides a deeper understanding of topics that I have briefly studied prior to K. In other classes we discuss topics in broader terms, such as the meanings of religion and history, thus creating an umbrella for material learned in the Jewish Studies department.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I have learned that it is okay to stumble at first. I would also recommend using all of the resources that Kalamazoo has to offer, such as the writing center, reference librarians, and office hours. I would also recommend trying out a few clubs! They are great stress relievers!

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been my Hebrew Classes because although I had taken Hebrew prior to K, I was able to re- build my knowledge while filling in the holes.

What is your SIP?
My SIP is a qualitative exploration of the parental attitudes and acceptances for the use of corporal punishment in public schools.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to attend law school, so that I may help people with legal skills in my tool belt. ​

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