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Chelsey Shannon

Women's Studies

Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Human Development & Social Relations
Concentration: Women, Gender & Sexuality
Study Abroad: Dakar, Senegal
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Peanut Butter ‘n’ Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Passionate

In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
WGS encompasses everything about identity and the human experience.

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
As a person who is queer in terms of both sexuality and gender, I was initially drawn to WGS because I wanted academic and rhetorical tools to understand the greater community I’m part of. I keep coming back because the world of WGS is even more complex, mercurial, and fascinating than I could have imagined.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Be as open as possible. Push hard on your assumptions. Keep questioning. Know that your politics can always be more critical, nuanced, and sharp.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Everything I do is filtered through a radical/feminist lens—or at least, that’s my aim. I am also co-founder and editor of the anthological feminist arts and letters zine, Resist Psychic Death—you should submit!

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Being involved in a trillion activities is not necessarily the path to fulfillment. In fact, I find myself most fulfilled when I’m focused on only maybe 1-2 projects—and actively writing and surrounded by friends.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
Jaime Grant’s WGS senior seminar last spring, because it blew the study abroad-induced cobwebs off my politics with great gusto, and exposed me to critiques I never would have dreamed of myself.

What is your SIP?
Under construction. Something having to do with how radical values and intentions fare within the nonprofit industrial complex.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
God, who knows. I’m not ready yet. Next step will probably be getting a restaurant job and figuring out how to turn my thoughts and values into action/employment.

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