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Morgan Jennings

Philosophy

Email: k11mj01@kzoo.edu
Hometown: Scotts, MI
Major:
Philosophy
Minor:
Chinese
Concentration:
Media Studies
Study Abroad:
Capital Normal University, Beijing
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Coconut
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Determined


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Challenge and enrich your perspective on yourself and the world.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
After taking 19th century philosophy freshman fall, I knew I’d found the right course of study. The freedom in the department to pursue my own interests and to approach questions both creatively and critically keeps me coming back.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Bring what you are already passionate about into the classroom and conversation. Making the most out of the interdisciplinary reach of the department and approaching the material through the background of other courses and personal application simplifies what can at times be dense reading and enhances understanding of theoretical frameworks.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
My studies in the department have permeated all aspects of my undergraduate experience. Philosophy has made me more thoughtful, analytical, and self-reflective in my approach to every other course I’ve taken at K—especially in psychology, foreign languages, and documentary filmmaking. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
How to embrace a challenge.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Postmodern Critical Theory. Throughout the course we study fascinating philosophers, interpret beautiful films, and examine what it means to be human in terms of language, embodiment, and desire.

What is your SIP?
I am comparing phenomenological accounts of subjectivity with a Lacanian psychoanalytical model and then using these contrasting lenses to analyze film.  

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I’ll pursue a graduate degree in philosophy and continue to explore film and media. 

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