The Class of 2012 Religion Majors and Minors


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[wptabtitle] Eason Armstrong[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]BA in Religion and History Attending Wake Forest University School of Law starting in August 2012. God blesses America, Krishna restores dharma, Allah reveals the Quran to Muhammad, and I love the Religion Department. [/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Courtney Camp[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]I am Courtney Camp, Class of December 2012, and I will graduate with a BA in Psychology and a secondary major in Religion. After graduating, I intend to pursue my PhD in Clinical Psychology and specialize in children. Lessons I have learned from the Religion department have been delivered with a charming humor and supportive tone, which have guided me both in my studies and in life. The friends I have made here, both staff and students, are people with whom I will share a special bond for many years to come.[/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Nancy Davidson[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent] For the next two years (at least) I will be teaching elementary school in Jacksonville, Florida through Teach For America. Until I declared my religion minor, my personal religious beliefs were simply the beliefs I had been told to believe and accept my entire life. The religion department at Wake Forest enabled me to think for myself and question things in a critical manner for the first time in my life and ultimately guided and helped me take my religion into my own hands and figure out exactly what I personally believed and why. I cannot thank the religion department enough for their help and assistance in opening my mind to new ideas. I have truly enjoyed all the classes I have taken within this department![/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Bryson Dunmeyer[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]After graduation I plan on going to barber school and training to go overseas to pursue opportunities in football.  If those plans are unsuccessful or I just get tired of football, I plan on returning to school to study either Education Administration or Educational Counseling so I can be Principal or Guidance Counselor one day… More importantly I plan on finding a beautiful wife and have a whole bunch of kids and living happily ever after!!! I love the Religion Department and I haven’t met a person in Wingate that I did not like in my 4 years at WFU!!![/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Michelle Ferris[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]In the fall I will be pursuing an M.A. in Religion at the University of Chicago. I feel that my time at Wake has prepared me for the rigors of grad school, both academically and personally. I can hardly wait to build on that foundation![/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle] Holly Fuller[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]After graduation, I will be attending University of Virginia’s Foreign Affairs Master’s Program. My Religion Major was a great addition to my Political Science Major. Having a Religion Major opened me up to the ways in which politics and religion interact, especially in the Middle East. In particular, I enjoyed learning more about Islam and looking at its similarities with Christianity. I think this knowledge will be useful when obtaining my masters in Foreign Affairs.[/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] John Giammarino[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Following graduation I will be working as an investment banking analyst for Citigroup, Inc. in Manhattan, New York. [/wptabcontent]   [wptabtitle] Paolo Guazzini[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]After graduation I am planning to attend graduate school back in my hometown of Miami, FL to continue my studies in Practical Theology. If that does not work out for me, then I will try to find a position with a non-profit organization.

My time with the Religion Department has been life altering. For the first time I have found a place where my ideas are not thought of as crazy but useful[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle] Alexander Ivey[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Next year I will be moving to Nashville to pursue a career as a singer/songwriter. I just recently released a CD and published it on iTunes with my band, Carolina Blend. I also plan to apply to medical school for the Fall of 2013, and hope that this next year in Nashville will help me decide exactly what I want to pursue as a profession. My time in the Religion Department has been crucial to my own faith and my ability to engage people of different faiths. I wouldn’t trade my time in the Department for anything, especially because of the amazing faculty, and Sheila. I don’t think I could find the love and attention I received from the Religion Department in any other department on campus.[/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle] Amanda Nichols[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]After graduation I will be taking a year off to work. During that year I will apply to graduate school programs in religion and I hope to go on to get my PhD in order to one day be a professor of religious studies. The religion department is fantastic: we have wonderful professors and students who are very dedicated to the study of religion. Because of my wonderful experience in the department I changed my career path during my senior year from Law to the study of religion. [/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Meghan Rahhal[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]After graduation, I will be attending Belmont University: Inman School of Health Sciences in Nashville, Tennessee to receive my Doctor of Occupational Therapy. I hope to use the spiritual wisdom I have gained through the Religion.
My experience in the Religion Department is indescribable. The professors are knowledgeable and genuinely interested in both the material and the students. The entire department is caring, understanding, enthusiastic, and fun. I wouldn’t trade my time in the Religion Department for anything, and I constantly recommend that others “see the light” and join the Religion Department as well. [/wptabcontent] [wptabtitle] Allen Stanton[/wptabtitle] [wptabcontent]Next year, I will attend Duke Divinity School under a fully funded fellowship. My time in the Religion Department has better prepared me for future academic work in religious studies, as well as affording me the tools to analyze religion and society using a variety of means, from the subtle use of language in rituals to the use of religion in politics, as well as giving me the proper tools to better understand and critically study my own religion and religious texts. [/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Elizabeth Stewart[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]I will be working as a medical scribe at Twin City Pediatrics next year. I plan to move forward in the medical field by either going to medical school or doing a physician’s assistant program. Regardless of the direction, I am excited to help others through the healthcare system!
I have loved being a religion minor because every class has challenged my perspective of religion and humanity. I am thankful for such a wonderful group of faculty who have mentored me and advised me throughout these past four years! [/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] Carrie Stokes[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]Next year I have the honor of working under Dr. Mary Foskett as the Wake Forest Fellow in the Humanities Institute. I leave the Religion Department with an increased ability to navigate the complexities of the world around me.  Thank you all for challenging and supporting me along the way.[/wptabcontent][wptabtitle] John Taylor[/wptabtitle][wptabcontent]After graduation I will be right back here in Winston-Salem for summer classes (Sanskrit and German with Profs. Whitaker and Wiggers, respectively) and gearing up to start on Wake’s MA in Religion program in the fall.  Grad school is going to be a lot of work, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.  Becoming a Religion major and discovering my passion for this field has been far and away the most transformative and eye-opening experience of my educational career, and I’m excited to begin taking the next steps this summer.[/wptabcontent]