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Senior Fall

This fall is my last season running cross-country on a team. It has been such an essential part of my Kalamazoo College career and I’m making sure to be grateful for every day that I run. Cross-country has allowed me to experience the streets of Kalamazoo in a completely different way – well, mostly allowed me to experience one-way streets backwards.

2014 women's cross country team at Kalamazoo College

The Women’s 2014 Cross-Country Team!

We even had a home meet right here in Kalamazoo (a first in some eight years!). The team had a lot of fun making a promotional video for people to come: check it out here!

Two Kalamazoo College women's cross country runners

Maddi Booth and I duking it out in the last 100 meters of a race!

This quarter has been particularly busy because I had to complete my Senior Individualized Project (SIP).

Eileen turning in her senior individualized project

One of my best friends, Eileen, seconds before turning in her SIP!

I completed a summer practicum SIP through the anthropology/sociology department. My SIP examines the relationship between modernity and agency in the context of youth leadership programs. The summer practicum SIP allows students the opportunity to further explore a research question through the means of literature and an internship/practicum-based experience. For instance, I was able to use my experience in Querétaro, Mexico as a global youth program leader to further understand the youth and the ways in which they can make long-lasting global friendships.

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About Courtney Wise ʼ15

Courtney Wise is a senior at Kalamazoo College. She is an anthropology/sociology major with a community and global health concentration. Courtney studied abroad in Varanasi, India for six months from July to December of 2013. Outside of academics, she enjoys running on the cross-country team, making puns, eating, stimulating conversations, and playing Scattergories.