#WeAreDestined

  • Khadija Carr '15

    Service Hits Home

    Khadija Carr ’15 made a memorable impact during her four years at Guilford College. The forensic biology major served in Community Senate, mentored students as a Resident Advisor, and made her mark as both a Multicultural Leadership Scholar and Principled Problem Solving Scholar.

    “As a PPS scholar, I gained a keen understanding about the connection between business and crafting social good,” Khadija says. “These leadership positions compelled me to pursue a year of service with AmeriCorps; I look forward to leveraging my passion for equity and inclusion to create meaningful ways to engage youth.”

    Khadija says she jumped at the chance to work with Service Works D.C., which brings her home to her Silver Spring, Md., roots.

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  • Surfing Centuries in Costa Rica

    Surfing Centuries in Costa Rica

    The three-week January term engages students in innovative learning opportunities. In a course led by faculty member Maia Dery, 14 students are immersed in both a different culture and the Pacific Ocean.

    The students are spending J-term in the village of Nosara, Costa Rica, doing extensive reading and writing along with taking surf lessons. The texts cover politics, economics, indigenous and American history, gender relations, and the science of surfing. The students write about these readings, but also their experiences.

    “Not only are we learning about the history of surfing and the political and economic power that comes with the surf industry, but I am living and breathing it,” says Sam Miller '16, a senior from Camden, Maine. “We have the incredible opportunity to surf everyday and are encouraged to analyze what we are seeing, experiencing, and reading through the lens of our individual disciplines.”

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  • 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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