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Claire De Witt


Hometown: East Lansing, MI
Majors: Religion, History
Concentration: Jewish Studies
Study Abroad: Strasbourg, France
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Mint Chocolate Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Organized


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Religion has the friendliest professors and the most diverse classes!

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
Initially I was interested in learning about religions that I frequently encountered but knew only a little about, and that exploration led to a deeper interest in the study of religion itself.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
My biggest piece of advice would be to explore new topics of study; you might have no idea that you’re interested in Buddhism or Judaism unless you try out a class.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
I am also involved in the Chapel Program and my study of various religions has definitely helped me to relate better to the diverse religious backgrounds I interact with at work.

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I’ve learned at K is that it is okay to change—you do not have to have everything figured out from day one.  Change your major, change your friends, change your hair, this is a time to try everything out and learn new things about yourself.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
My favorite class at K has been the Junior Seminar in Religion.  We read so many different contributors to the field of religion and the class discussions were informative and lively!

What is your SIP?
My SIP looks at the connections between Kalamazoo College and the field of Baptist Missionary work in the 1850s and 1860s.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I hope to pursue a master’s degree next fall in library sciences focusing on archival work.

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