Alumni Profile: Daphne Lin '20
Experiences in the Humanities Progam
I found that the Humanities Program was very unique in that it allowed a very broad spectrum of departments and classes to count towards my Bachelors degree. Various departments including philosophy; women, gender and sexuality studies; humanities; peace and conflict studies; environmental studies; biology; and an honors seminar.
This ultimately gave me the chance to get the more all-encompassing education during my undergraduate career that I had been looking for.
Most Impactful Courses
The class that most significantly impacted me was Dr. Marike Janzen’s The Literature of Human Rights (PCS 565). Dr. Janzen’s classwork and discussions led me to critically analyze the human rights that we claim, along with what it truly means to be human. PCS 565 also incorporated a service learning element in which we dedicated at least twenty hours of volunteer service at a local organization and kept a detailed journal of our observations and experiences.
At the end of the semester, we tied our service learning in with our class’s content and analyzed critical questions based off of our personal experiences. These are all elements that I have applied beyond this class; from my leadership roles in student organizations, to my hopeful future in health care now as a graduate.
The Humanities Program definitely reaffirmed my decision to work closely with other people in the future, specifically in the health field. There is genuinely nothing else that holds a stronger purpose for me than helping others in ways I can.