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Angel Caranna

Women, Gender & Sexuality

Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Majors: Women, Gender & Sexuality and History
Concentration: American Studies
Study Away: The Newberry Library’s Humanities Seminar (Chicago)
Best Adjective to Describe You: Absent-minded

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The ability to interact with a supportive, rad group of people who are passionate about their studies and their work.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
My advice is to let go of assumptions or stereotypes. Because the department is interdisciplinary, WGS offers classes that all K students can learn and benefit from.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Learning to become comfortable with discomfort.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
I have to say my favorite class was my first-year seminar, which was called Salem Possessed. The class, focused around the Salem Witch Trials, inspired my passion for history and encouraged my curiosity for studying gender and sexuality. It’s also where I learned to adjust to my new academic surroundings and where I met some of my closest friends.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Because of the open curriculum, I’ve been able to take classes outside of my fields of study. I’ve taken classes in Spanish, Art History, Religion, ANSO, and Psychology – all of which have positively contributed to my learning at K.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
Through the Center for Civic Engagement, I have worked at Woodward Elementary and at Community Advocates for Parents and Students. I’ve worked as an Events Intern for the Newberry Library and as an Education Intern for the Valley Museum. Also, this past summer I worked as a K College CBI intern, where I worked as an Assistant to the Site Coordinator at Freedom Schools.

What is your SIP?
I am researching a groovy history SIP about sexuality and queerness in 1970s American disco culture.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Someday I want to work as an educator, drinking tons of coffee and living in a small apartment with a large cat.

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