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Rachael Vettese

Jewish Studies

Email: k11rv01@kzoo.edu
Hometown:
West Bloomfield, MI
Major:
HDSR
Minor:
Religion
Concentration:
Jewish Studies
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Hard-working


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Offers historical background and perspectives of the ethical issues facing the Jewish people.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I was drawn to learn more about the engaging history facing the Jewish people and culture.  Courses are interesting and challenging, and help one understand the complex issues facing the Jewish people today.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take as many of the classes as you can.  Each course is different and by the end of the quarter you will have learned a great deal.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I have grown up in a populated Jewish community in Metro Detroit.  Learning about Jewish culture has always been important to me, and I am considering entering a field related to Jewish studies for my graduate studies.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Throughout the past four years I have become involved in many different student organizations and leadership positions.  My recommendation is to get involved on campus, it is through these activities that I was able to meet so many incredible people.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K was Developmental Psychology with Dr. Tan. This class was incredibly interesting and blended the various academic fields I find interesting into one class. There is a service-learning component also, which allows students to get involved in the local community as well.

What is your SIP?
I am writing a SIP in the religion department, and will be looking at the structure and evolution of the Kibbutz movement in Israel, specifically focusing on how Zionist ideology turned into civil religion.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am looking at graduate school programs in Masters of Social Work with an emphasis in Jewish Communal Services.  In addition I have considered teaching English to elementary school students abroad.

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