Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Concentration: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Study Abroad: Aberdeen, Scotland
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Thin Mint
Best Adjective to Describe You: Dedicated
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
Learn how to think critically from many different perspectives.
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
I’ve identified as a feminist and a lesbian since my sophomore year of high school. I spent a lot of my free time reading feminist and queer liberation blogs and books. I have always been drawn to advocating for women and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies helps me understand how to do that better.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
Talk to the professors after class and during office hours, even after you are no longer in their class. You can find out what classes they might be offering next quarter or next year and continue to connect with them on topics in class you are particularly interested in.
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
I would miss the academic space to discuss primarily women’s issues, gender, and sexuality and I would miss the students and faculty involved in this department.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I want to take a gap year and invest in technology I can use to make more documentary films. I want to go to graduate school eventually, but I’m not sure what I want to study yet.
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
The astounding number of misogynists on this campus.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The department connects to my lifelong interest of centering women in my life and constantly thinking critically about gender, sexuality, race, and other sociological factors that are always present in our lives.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
It’s a tie between Introduction to Women’s Studies with Gail Griffin and Women, States, and NGOs with Dr. Elman. I came to K thinking that I knew everything there was to know about feminism and Gail set me straight. Dr. Elman introduced me to a lot of radical feminist thinkers and really challenged me to think more critically and radically.
What is your SIP?
A documentary about the history of anti-abortion sentiment in the United States, leading up to the present.