Peace Studies Senior Reflection
Kay Guyer ‘13
I have always had trouble describing how I came to study peace. The best I understand it is that I was yearning for an adventure focused on building a better world, the stars aligned, and I simply felt at home here. That's not to say home happened immediately. Home came through countless evenings of classes accompanied by brownies and coffee, trips accompanied by singing and coffee, and dinners accompanied by play and coffee. I learned important lessons from the richness of a community of people that sustain and support each other in the work of peacemaking.
My most treasured memories are coming alive as a community in waves of solidarity, grief, love, and celebration. Some of the more expressible memories include watching Dr. Strangelove with Ken and Viona, pruning grape vines in Georgia during our intentional communities Jan term trip, hearing Aung San Suu Kyi speak, and laughing together each time another component of our transport broke down in Haiti. On campus, a favorite memory of mine is our first student gathering of Speak Culture. At 10 pm in the Science Center, students from many threads on campus came together to name our outrage with rape culture and organize for education, equality, and solidarity. Coming together to generate Speak Culture on campus has been a rewarding way to put my peace studies education to action in a community I care for.
Over the summer I will be illustrating a children's book, and in the fall I will begin a year of volunteer work with Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests in Minneapolis. I am both anxious and eager to offer myself in expanding the welcome of my anabaptist tradition.
I have a lot of love for the people I have shared space with in the Peace Studies program. Students, professors, and community members are doing incredible things not only in their individual realms, but in efforts which call for everyone's expertise. I am so grateful to have grown with this family.