Student Profile: Kimberly Quick

Kim-Quick-polysciPolitics never ran in Kimberly Quick’s family, but the lessons her parents and grade school teachers taught her growing up sparked an interest that has grown into a likely career path.

Quick grew up in Chesterfield, Va., just outside of the state’s capitol of Richmond, and as early as middle school she was asking questions about the political process and public policy.

“My parents aren’t politicians or lawyers, but they’ve always instilled in me a sense that I should know what’s going on in the world,” Quick said. “I remember I had a seventh grade social studies teacher … I asked a whole bunch of questions and complained about domestic policy in the nice little 12-year-old way.”

Quick’s natural curiosity with politics continued to develop when she arrived at Wake Forest and began taking various political science courses with professors like Katy Harriger, chair of the department of politics and international affairs.

“When she gets excited talking about constitutional law I think ‘oh, this is really fascinating!’ I’m just as excited,” Quick said, noting that she’s currently enrolled in her third class with Harriger. “She’s also really good at challenging you … she can recognize when it’s not your best work.”

Quick, who is graduating with a double minor in English and American ethnic studies, said she also enjoyed classes like American Ethnic Literature with Dean Franco, associate professor of English.

“[It] was very intellectually challenging for me. The material we read spanned a wide range of American ethnicities,” Quick said. “I like that we read Jewish literature, African American literature, Native American literature — the variety of material we read.”

Franco’s class even helped Quick develop her political science thesis, which focused on liberation theologies and specifically how they relate to the African American and LGBTQ community.

Her fascination with political expression continued to grow with her experiences abroad. During her time at Wake Forest, Quick studied in both Ghana and the U.K, both of which she recalled as some of her fondest memories as a Demon Deacon.

After graduation, Quick will have just over a month away from Winston-Salem before she returns to serve as a fellow in the Provost’s office beginning in July.

“Over the past two years, Kimberly seemed to be involved in every major student-led event on campus, often in an organizer’s role,” Kersh said. “Her wide-ranging sense of our community, wonderfully creative approach to problem-solving and innovative ideas about how best to engage students, faculty, and staff in helping Wake Forest live up to our aspirations — all these made her a natural choice as Fellow.”

Quick is considering other academic opportunities after her fellowship, such as law school as well as the possibility of earning her Ph.D.

She thinks that these degrees can provide career mobility to allow her to explore different working environments, such as teaching, consulting and researching as well as practicing law.

“Something that’s becoming more prominent with our generation is that people have a couple of career paths,” she said. “I like the ability to have a few different hats that are all interrelated and all important.”

Quick is also an Ambassador-in-Admissions, social action and political involvement chairs of Delta Sigma Theta, a President’s Aid, and special events coordinator for Amnesty International.