Graduating Greyhounds 2014: Kerry Rogers

Senior Kerry Rogers enjoys the remaining days of college before embarking on a year of service

By Brigid Darragh

Spotlight on: Kerry Rogers

Hometown: Wharton, N.J.

Degree: B.A. English, Writing Minor

A professor you’d tell others to take: Dr. Girard in the English department

Campus Involvement: Relay For Life Event Chair, Beans and Bread Volunteer, Messina Evergreen, Writing Center Tutor, Committee on Sexual Violence Member, Senior Gift Drive Committee Chair

About Kerry

Senior Kerry Rogers doesn’t know where she will be living or working come May 18. But not because she doesn’t have a post-graduation plan. On the contrary…

In the midst of studying for exams, writing term papers, and taking finals, Kerry spent the first weeks of May preparing for interviews with representatives with individual non-profit organizations to determine her place of work and of residence for the next year, as she enters the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC).

Kerry was accepted to the JVC program this spring. She submitted her top choices for placement, and now has a week before she hears the results of those interviews: where she will be packing up and moving to after she receives her diploma.

“The Jesuit Volunteer Corps appealed to me because it emphasizes so many of the values that have become important to me at Loyola. The focus on community, being of service to others, and reflection are things that have become integrated into my daily life at college, and I would love an opportunity to continue that after graduation. JVC also has placements all across the country, and I would be so grateful to have the opportunity to work with a population I have never served before in a new city,” she says.

Kerry tells Loyola magazine what she anticipates for the future and what she will miss about living and learning on the Evergreen campus…

Photo submitted by Kerry Rogers

How has Loyola prepared you for the future?

My time at Loyola has prepared me for the future by exposing me to difficult questions—in the classroom, through service, and on campus—and allowing me to figure out what my personal beliefs are in response to those questions, while still maintaining the validity of the variety of responses that may differ from my own.

Loyola has given me a wealth of relationships with professors, administrators, and fellow students that have prepared me for my life after Loyola, and that I know I will cherish for the years to come.

What are your plans following graduation, and how did you arrive at them?

I will be participating in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps next year, and I came to the decision to take a year to do service after realizing that the one thing that has consistently made me feel most myself and most alive during my four years at Loyola was participating in various service opportunities.

These experiences have shaped my time at Loyola and my view of myself and the world around me, and I am incredibly excited to be able to focus on service full time for at least the next year.

Having service so naturally integrated into my service-learning classes, having an entire office on campus built on helping students serve, and having professors, especially my English professors, be so supportive of the idea are just a few of the ways that my time at Loyola has played a role in wanting to explore full-time service.

What are you most looking forward to in your next chapter?

I am looking forward to continue my process of self-discovery through exploring a new city, forming new relationships, and engaging in meaningful service in an unfamiliar setting.

What was the best piece of advice you received during college?

Dr. Brian Norman, my senior thesis advisor, told me that “No paths are straight lines and all are prone to serendipity.” 

What has made a Loyola education different than one you might have received at another institution?

I think that my time as a Loyola student has opened me up to the idea of challenging myself, really wanting to be a woman of service to others, and finding where I can best be of service. For me, that is the result of the Jesuit values being put into action at Loyola, and I do not think I would be considering full-time service this seriously, or even at all, had I not attended Loyola.

If you could take one piece of the Evergreen campus with you when you leave, what would it be and why?

I would take my best friends with me from the Loyola campus, because their friendship and support has been one of the most wonderful things I have gotten out of my time at Loyola, and I cannot imagine my time here without them.

What’s the best place on campus to people-watch?

The Humanities porch.

What campus food or dining service are you fearful of living without?

Parfaits from Red Mango, my go-to for lunch on the go!

To read more stories about this year’s Graduating Greyhounds, visit our 2014 Commencement page.

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