As you prepare to navigate college, it is helpful to learn from people who have already been there. This week we interviewed Phoebe Roe, a junior at Kenyon College in Mt. Vernon, Ohio. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in Arabic and English. Phoebe is also a GenHERation contributor, so be sure to check out her articles every Tuesday!
Q: How did you pick your major?
A: I have always loved studying and interacting with people, so when I took my first psychology class during my sophomore year of college, everything fell into place. I have loved studying psychology and it has completely changed my way of thinking and has made me a much more empathetic person overall.
Q: How can students get involved in extracurricular activities in college? What activities are you involved in?
A: Reach out! I have had such a wonderful time being involved in extracurriculars, but I only gained involvement by asking for leadership positions and when you are put in a leadership role, do the best work you possibly can.
My activities include:
President – Partnership of East Knox and Kenyon College
Owner – Kenyon Carryout
Co-President – Roosevelt Institute
Chair – Housing and Dining Committee
Chair – Housing Lottery Reformation Committee
Theme Housing Residential Advisor
Division Housing Committee
Q: How do you manage your time as a college student?
A: Google Docs are my life. I also make sure to always have a small notepad with me, I find it very helpful for keeping myself on track. As for how I manage each day, I make sure to keep my priorities in line. I know that if I’m not able to go for runs or sleep, I won’t be productive, so I leave myself time every day for things like that. I also have terrific friends who are a great support system and remind me to relax and have fun when I’m getting too stressed.
Q: Do you have a mentor? How can students find mentors in college?
A: I do! My mentor is a professor named Clara Roman-Odio and she has been my faculty advisor for my volunteer program and a terrific inspiration in perseverance and kindness.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A: A few of my favorites:
Things don’t matter, people and your impact on people is what is important.
What we can do, we must.
You make your own luck.
Everything/most things my parents have said over the years
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