Randalynn Kennedy '08
"The rigorousness and depth of study inherent in my study at Elizabethtown prepared me for a job in which analytical thinking, clear and concise writing and multitasking are important."
Randalynn Kennedy ’08, of Marietta, Pa., carries on the E-town motto of “Educate for Service” every day in her job as assistant to the college librarian at Goucher (Md.) College. She helps others reach their educational goals by helping to maintain the library and ensure that it runs smoothly.
Her own studies at Elizabethtown College—where she majored in Religious Studies—prepared her well for her job.
“The rigorousness and depth of study inherent in my study at Elizabethtown prepared me for a job in which analytical thinking, clear and concise writing, and multitasking are important. Comparing my time at [a larger state university for graduate school] and my time at E-town, I definitely received a much better education at E-town,” she said.
Her most memorable academic experience at Elizabethtown was meeting and hearing famous scholars read their work—and shopping at the 'book faire'—when she attended two religious studies conferences, one in San Diego and one in Washington, D.C. Her favorite class was “Women and Gender in the Hebrew Bible”—or Lady Hebrew, as the class called it—taught by Dr. Chris Bucher. This classroom also was where she met one of her best friends.
“I treasure my time at E-town and hope others are having as much fun there as I did. The Religious Studies program opened my eyes to the possibilities of college study and also to all the different ways there are to live in the world,” she said. “I wouldn't be the person I am today if it weren't for Dr. [Jeffery] Long and his Hindu Jesus First-Year Seminar, my first introduction to Religious Studies!”