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Caroline Barnett


Prairie Village, KS
Religion and Anthropology & Sociology
Study Abroad:
Dakar, Senegal
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Religion classes challenge the way you think.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I knew I wanted to study religion in college, so I started taking introductory classes. I love how the professors incorporate so many different topics in a single class.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
If you tend to get stressed out about workloads: stress, freak out, and worry, but know in the back of your mind that it will all get done, you will survive, and there are systems in place to help you.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I’m an Interfaith Student Leader and love seeing how other people talk about religion. I can’t help but look for the connections to religion in most things I do!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
I have learned how to say yes to doing fun things. I think it’s easy to get wrapped up in the amount of work you’re supposed to do for class, but K has taught me how to manage my work and take time to do things that interest me outside of classes.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class has been Feminist Studies of Religion. The class looked at different female dominated religions that I had never encountered before, and the intersection between religion and gender. What I loved most about that class was that I could see how the theories and concepts were at play in my own world.

What is your SIP?
I am looking at Hipster Christianity and how boundaries between religious and secular culture are changing in American Evangelical Churches, particularly through clothing.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After taking a gap year, I will be pursuing a masters in divinity and ordination in the Presbyterian Church (USA).

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