Religion Department Student Advisor

Meet Your Departmental Student Advisor!

Olivia Anderson


Hometown: Brighton, Michigan
Majors: Religion and Psychology
Concentration: Film & Media Studies
Best Adjective to Describe You: Caring

Department Student Advisors (DSAs) are senior majors who are nominated by the departments, and make themselves available to students to answer questions about the department. Olivia knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the major. She is available via email, and at special campus events to answer your questions.

Olivia Anderson

Congratulations Olivia, Class of 2022

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
The best thing about the Religion department is that it offers intersectional classes that give an interesting perspective and look into people’s lives through their behaviors and enactment of their religion.

What is your advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
My best piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to the Religion department is to just take a class. This way you are able to connect with other Religion students and professors to see if you want to become more involved within the Religion department at K.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
The most valuable thing I have learned at K is how to critically think and problem solve. Throughout college, many new challenges arise that you never thought you would have to handle whether it be personal or academic. These situations may be less than ideal, but going through them teaches valuable lessons of problem solving by critically thinking and being resilient.

What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite class at K was Urban Religion taught by Dr. Maldonado-Estrada. This was one of my first classes where I decided I wanted to pursue a major in the Religion department. The class itself had an interesting perspective of looking at religious people’s adaptations of their religions in city spaces. I liked the discussions we had pertaining to this as everyone had great points and perspectives to bring to the table.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
Throughout my experience at K, I have taken advantage of the open curriculum. I took classes I did not like so much during this, but on the other hand, I found a whole department that I ended up majoring in because I took a class that I would not have normally taken. I ended up loving it!

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
I have taken advantage of experiential education during my time at K. I am a part of the Swim for Success program through the CCE. I have also taken a class that involved experiential learning, called Health Psychology. I also have an internship the summer going into my senior year through the University of Michigan where I will be working on my SIP!

What is your SIP?
I am doing a Psychology SIP through the MSPICED Developmental Psychology program at U of M. I am working in Dr. Wellman’s lab to study the relationships between dogs and their owners.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
My next steps and plans after K include graduate school. I want to go to graduate school to study and get a PhD in Educational Psychology. I plan to pursue a career within that field later after graduate school.