Kallia Wade '12 Travels At Her Own Pace

Saturday, June 1, 2013

"Culture can be one of the most sensitive and private topics, but to share it is possibly one of the most rewarding things."

HOMETOWN: Kingston, Jamaica

MAJOR: English & Child Development

MINOR: Psychology

HONORS & AWARDS: 2011-2012 Keck Fellowship; 2011 Poet Exemplar Award and 1st Place Whittier Award for Fiction; 2012 Outstanding Service in Child Development Award, Outstanding Service to the Whittier College Writing Program, Broadoaks Service to Children and Families Award, Student Life Community Service Award, Honorable Mention Whittier Award for Fiction.

CLUBS & SERVICE: 2011-2012 Keck Fellowship; 2011 Poet Exemplar Award and 1st Place Whittier Award for Fiction; 2012 Outstanding Service in Child Development Award, Outstanding Service to the Whittier College Writing Program, Broadoaks Service to Children and Families Award, Student Life Community Service Award, Honorable Mention Whittier Award for Fiction.

INTERNSHIPS & WORK EXPERIENCE: Kaplan International, Summer Activities Coordinator; O.M.E.P-USA, Liaison for Jamaica Projects; CAAS Writing Tutor; preceptor for English and T.A. for INTD15; The Broadoaks Children’s School, In-class Aide.

PLANS POST-GRADUATION: Take a year off to work before attending law school.

ACCOMPLISHMENT I'M MOST PROUD OF OVER MY COLLEGE CAREER: Being a three-year Peer Mentor with the Whittier College Writing Program.

AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, I...  learned the lesson of independence pretty early on. I found ways to get involved on campus, but I also learned to cook for myself in the dorm kitchens, to entertain myself during weekends by exploring Uptown and using the bus system, and to make use of invitations from friend’s families for holiday breaks. In particular, I learned to appreciate my own family a lot more.

FAVORITE TIME OF YEAR ON CAMPUS: Even though [my first year here] it was a time of much transition, emotional and personal development, and a lot of firsts, I would definitely say fall semester. Seeing all the new freshmen enter with the same kind of apprehension and anticipation, I not only get nostalgic, but also get very excited about the life-changing experiences that I know they will have.

MOST CHALLENGING CLASS TAKEN: Research Methods with Prof. Christina Scott-- I don’t think I will ever forget the little stories she used to help us learn SPSS processes.

CLASSES I WISH I HAD TAKEN: Theater or art; I’m an artistic person at heart.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING PART OF OMEP: Not only raising money for children in need, but also raising awareness with other communities so that others know what is going on in the global environment.

AS A KECK FELLOW I... learned that people are much more open to understanding other identities. Culture can be one of the most sensitive and private topics, but to share it is possibly one of the most rewarding things.

ADVICE TO INCOMING FRESHMAN: Get involved, and don’t be afraid to use the resources available in CAAS!

ADVICE TO FELLOW GRADUATES: Go at your own pace. Decide on something and trust your ability to make the most of it. If that’s not where you’re happy, then do something else.

TO ME, WHITTIER COLLEGE MEANS... the chance to succeed.

CHILDHOOD AMBITION: A chef.

ULTIMATE CAREER GOAL: International child advocacy with the United Nations.

-article taken from The Rock, Winter 2013