Joanna Schneider '13
Student Director forBig Brother, Big Sister
Major: Sociology modified with Psychology; Minor in Chemistry
Other Campus Involvements: DOC; General Manager of Big Green Bus
Fun fact: She got involved in Big Brother, Big Sister in high school, over 7 years ago!
Kemi Adedokun is currently a second year student in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program and is writing her thesis with plans to graduate in June 2012. She hails from the south and grew up in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where she attended the Webb School. She went on to obtain her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Oakwood University in Hunstville, Ala., keeping in the tradition of her family who all (yes, aunts and uncles included) attended before her and still attend now (brother and cousins). She loves to spend her free time reading blogs, watching her favorite YouTube subscriptions, reading for pleasure (a very rare treat in grad school!), and watching foreign art-house films that are sometimes cryptic and others refuse to watch with her. She is deeply passionate about service and plans to make that "calling" a lifelong pursuit as an international human rights lawyer. She feels that the most important aspect of her life has been her deeply-ingrained spirituality and would like to share how grounding that has been for her with others through her project.
Kemi says: "My project is an extension of the Voices of Faith program that took place Tuesday, November 8, 2011, in Collis Common Ground. I am seeking out the personal accounts of spiritual experiences and what spurred the impetus to believe in a higher power from students,staff, and faculty. The reflections only have to be 250-500 words long and the prompts are, 'What made you believe in something greater than yourself?', 'What is the most meaningful experience that you have had spiritually?', and 'Why is religion important to you?' and 'What are some of the influences (things, people, and influences ) that have caused you to identify with your particular religious preferences or take none at all?' I was inspired to create this project from my love of blogs and the series Americans Talk About Love on Salon.com by author John Lowe. The weekly series shared a story of an American couple and their journey towards or away from love. I thought, 'What if I did that with faith and belief?' Thus my project was born."
Last Updated: 1/3/13