April 18, 2016

Always Ready to Grow

Keeping up with Carson Risser ’17 is no easy task. Carson is finding many ways to satisfy her appetite for hands-on learning in a variety of interests. The English and International Studies (East Asian track) double major says she’s gained lots of confidence while continually immersing herself in new challenges.

Her extensive field study includes numerous adventures associated with the Cape Fear River Basin Studies program, which gives students the opportunity to learn and practice principled-problem solving as they explore the historical and contemporary issues facing the region. And Carson’s January Term course, Photography and Sense of Place, resulted in a chance for her to present her work at the Guilford Undergraduate Symposium.

Carson credits Guilford faculty for making such deep learning possible.

“The faculty at Guilford College are amazing,” Carson says. “Teachers like Maia Dery, Hiroko Hirakawa, Jeff Jeske, Eric Mortensen, Jim Hood, and Wendy Looker have gone out of their way to help students like me get more out of their academic experience.”

“I am so grateful to go to a school where learning is so much more than just what's on the syllabus. It's the whole experience you have and the connections you make.”

Carson has also made meaningful connections through her involvement in the Guilfordian, Photo and Film Club, and the recent production of Godspell. And she’s well on her to making impressive global connections, as well. Through the Honors Program, she’s pursued independent study of Tibetan and Japanese languages. And next year, she will study at the International Christian University in Tokyo.

Adding up all her Guilford College experiences, Carson recognizes she’s come a long way in three years. “I feel a lot more comfortable in my own skin — even when I'm in places I normally wouldn't feel comfortable. Now I feel like I’m supposed to be here.”