Skip Navigation
Kalamazoo College

Hannah Cooperrider

Roseburg, OR
Religion and English
Study Abroad:
Varanasi, India
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Moose Tracks
Best Adjective to Describe You:

In 15 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Be involved because you can study all different majors under the umbrella topic of religion.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
The professors in the religion department are all exceptional, wonderful people. I took one class on a whim, loved the professor, and kept coming back. In addition to the professors, the broad range of topics and classes means I am never bored and there is always something new to learn.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Make sure you take a class that you don’t know anything about. Take the classes that fill in gaps in your knowledge. Also, take classes with all professors in the department – they all have different things to teach you!  

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The religion department is a very cohesive group on campus. Being so small, we draw in people from all other majors on campus, which means everyone is involved in various clubs and sports across the disciplines. If you have an interest, you can find it in the religion department.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The classes and clubs that you take here at K are all for your benefit. Put in the effort for the harder, more challenging classes, and it will pay off tenfold. K College is about preparing yourself for your job or grad school in the future, and only you can get yourself there.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K was actually an English sophomore seminar called Opium and the Modern World. I was able to bridge my interests in English and religion into one cohesive area of study in this class, and the excellent professor was a bonus!

What is your SIP?
My SIP is in the religion department, and looks at the ways in which British colonists were describing and commodifying Buddhism in Sri Lanka. I plan to analyze the ways in which British scholarship and knowledge was produced to create a set view of Buddhism that was not actually the reality for Sinhalese people who practiced it in their daily lives.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
After K I plan to go one of two ways. I am currently applying to graduate schools for international affairs masters degrees, but I am also applying to work in the State Department/United Nations/Peace Corps right out of my undergraduate degree.

DSA Spotlights