During the fall of my senior year at Rollins I was a bit unsure of my post-graduation plans, I really enjoyed anthropology but I was not sure that graduate school was for me. That fall I enrolled in the seminar and field study on Morocco, I was intrigued to say the least. During the course of the semester, and with much encouragement from many of the faculty in the Department, I decided to spend my spring semester studying abroad in Morocco. While abroad I had the opportunity to do my own ethnographic research project on clandestine sub-Saharan migrants' access to healthcare in Oujda, Morocco. The project was a culmination of the research interests that I developed over the course of my Rollins career. My experience in Morocco, along with the foundation that I built in the department, led me to realize that I did want to pursue a career in academia. I’m currently finishing my Master’s Degree at The New School for Social Research and will apply for Ph.D. programs in the fall. As a graduate student, I’ve continued to build on the research that I conducted while at Rollins, presenting it at professional conferences and reworking it as I develop a Ph.D. project. Even though I left Rollins I have stayed in close contact with Rollins faculty and have continued to profit from their feedback on my own research.
After graduating with a degree in anthropology from Rollins College in 2007, I attended the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in my home state of Tennessee. Majoring in anthropology prepared me for law school in both a way I expected and a way I had not. When applying to schools, I knew my choice of anthropology as a major set me apart from the other applicants because the majority of applicants major in traditional pre-law fields. What I was both surprised by and grateful for happened once school began. In most of my classes, I was able to analyze relevant legal authority in the refined manner anthropology requires, a skill most of my classmates did not possess before law school. After graduation from law school in spring 2010, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee where I am currently preparing for the bar exam.
Audrey Penn, a 2002 Anthropology Grad, who also achieved a minor in African American Studies, is currently using her Rollins degree in her home town of St. John, the smallest of three islands that make up the US territory of the Virgin Islands. Audrey is working for the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park which is the official non-profit partner to the National Park on St. John that occupies over half of the nine mile long island. Audrey’s position as Program Manager puts her in charge of the organization’s seasonal Seminar Series, a program filled with educational tours and classes that allow visitors and locals alike to connect with the islands culture, history, and outdoors. Audrey also oversees numerous programs that work to inspire the youth including the School Kids in the Park (SKIP) program that enables hundreds of Virgin Islands youth a chance to learn about their past and experience the beauty of the Park that surrounds them. She is using her degree everyday as she creates new ways for people to embrace the culture, history, and natural beauty of her island home.