#WeAreDestined

  • Deena on the National Mall during CNN's coverage of Inauguration 2013.

    Deena Zeina Zaru ’10: Tuned In at CNN

    Deena Zeina Zaru ’10, a digital producer for CNN Politics in Washington, became a better listener at Guilford.

    “I always considered myself a good communicator,” says Deena, a fourth-generation Quaker Palestinian. “In the Quaker Leadership Scholars Program, we did a workshop about how our biggest strength can be our biggest weakness.

    “That’s when I started becoming more centered and more observant. When you do interviews, you have to listen. It’s not about you, it’s about the person you’re talking to.”

    For the past four years, she’s applied her journalism skills at CNN. In her current position, she supports the day-to-day production of content for CNN Politics and runs social media platforms. She writes and reports for the breaking news team and has recently launched a series for CNN Politics that tackles the intersection of identity politics and music by profiling artists and activists and the issues they care about.

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  • Coming 8,000 Miles to Change Her Life

    Shea Orth-Moore '19 brings an impressive global portfolio to campus. The Reading, Pa., native has attended international schools in Ethiopia, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya, her home for the past eight years. She has also studied and served in Mozambique, Uganda and Spain. So how in the world did she get here?

    Shea discovered Guilford College while researching Loren Pope’s guide, (40) Colleges That Change Lives. “Guilford caught my eye from the very beginning,” she says. “With its Quaker values and commitment to an education that changes student lives and all those in the Greensboro community and beyond, I was sold.”

    She says the nearly 8,000-mile trek to campus has been well worth it. “This community is different than many others around the world. And the programs are powerful. I find it incredible that I can take a 101 class in community problem solving.”

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  • Sophie Laine

    Sophie’s journey to Harvard Divinity School began after enrolling in a Women in Tibetan Buddhism class due to a scheduling conflict.

    Four years later, Sophie developed a fascination with Chinese and Tibetan cultures, experienced a study abroad trip to southwest China and will be enrolled at Harvard Divinity School to pursue a master’s degree in theological studies in the fall.

    The class, taught by Associate Professor of Religious Studies Eric Mortensen, inspired Sophie to learn more about Asia and focus her studies on the area.

    After Harvard, Sophie’s plan is to find a job in Asia and work abroad for a few years so she can develop her language skills. Inspired by her professors, Sophie plans to pursue a Ph.D. and become a professor at a small, liberal arts college like Guilford. “Some of my greatest joys have come from teaching others, and I know this is a career that I will likely end up in,” Sophie says.

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