April 15, 2016

Finding the Write Calling

Abe Kenmore ’17 knows the real value of quality work.

As a student, grade A work feels good, pads a portfolio and boosts GPA. But Abe — like so many at Guilford — is much more than a student. He is a journalist, and a journalist’s excellence is more than self-serving. Abe’s excellence unearths the truth — “as fairly, accurately and completely” as he can tell it.

A recipient of a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Abe spent time studying abroad at Oxford University and reporting on the impact that immigrants in the U.K. are experiencing as a result of immigration legislation. He later presented his work at the Pulitzer Center office in Washington, D.C., before attending a 10th anniversary celebration at the National Press Club.

As a double major in Political Science and English and Creative Writing, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies, Guilford’s academic rigor prepared Abe for the high standards of Oxford.

“They’re not kidding when they say Guilford is writing intensive,” he says with a laugh. “So when I was abroad and had to write one or two 2,000 word pieces each week, it was no problem. I’d already handled that before.”

A Taste for Adventure

Abe has a keen interest in the U.K., demonstrated by his research topic and a semester spent studying abroad at the University of Oxford’s Hertford College.

“My time was based around intensive, one-on-one tutorials. But I also had plenty of chances to explore the city and talk with students,” he says. “I also joined the Wychwood Warriors, Oxford's Viking re-enactment group. I learned how to fight using a (blunted) sword and spear and went punting on the river in full Viking regalia!”

It was a memorable experience — but it was also academically challenging. “I learned a lot about reporting,” he says. “The most memorable part, however, was talking to a wide range of people involved in immigration — a Home Office spokesperson, an MP, immigrants, academics, volunteers, asylum seekers, lawyers and more.”

Getting Involved

Back at Guilford, Abe was a Quaker Leadership Scholar, former resident adviser and an active member of the Yachting club. He also served as a managing editor for The Guilfordian, the College’s national award-winning newspaper.

“Guilford has given me an awareness of the world I probably would not have had anywhere else,” Abe says. “Most importantly, I have found my calling; I have found a passion for journalism.”

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