S5:E5 | On Common Grounds | Kendra Sherman ’19

S5:E5 | On Common Grounds | Kendra Sherman ’19

August 15, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


(jazz music) – Welcome to yet another
session of On Common Ground. Today my guest is Kendra
Sherman, welcome, Kendra. – Thank you. – Kendra, tell everyone where you’re from. – I’m from Austin, Texas. – And how did you get to Sacred
Heart from Austin, Texas? – I was looking for a
school that wasn’t in Texas because I’ve lived there
for most of my life and Sacred Heart was kind of
like a last minute decision. I applied mid-April and found
out in the beginning of May, and I came up here and
I talked to Doctor D in the Bio department
and she convinced me with the Bio program as well
as the Honors program, but the Chapel is the
biggest thing for me, having that on campus. – That’s great, yes you’re very much involved in Campus Ministry, I see you on Sundays all the time. Tell us a little bit about why you like the Team Ministry. – I get a big sense of community, everyone there is very welcoming and it’s definitely grown
since my freshman year, there were five people on
team and now we have over 30, so it’s nice to see how
it’s grown over the years and we’re very welcoming
to people of all faith and that’s very important to me. – And what do you do as a
member of Team Ministry? – I have a couple of
roles, so I run new mass, so I make sure that all
the ministers are there, they’re trained, they’re ready to go, and then I help run the retreats that we put on throughout the year. – You were a biology major, but you’re now switching, let’s think with the biology, how did you find biology program for you? – So, I was really interested
in genetics in high school and I loved the DNA and
how things work in the body so I wanted to find that at
a school, and so Doctor D, she’s in charge of the genetic classes, so she convinced me that it was definitely worthwhile coming here and I’ve loved every single science class I’ve taken. – Oh that’s great. And now you said recently you’ve
changed over to higher ed, you really would like to
do, and why the change? – I fell in love with residential life, so I applied at the
end of my freshman year and I was hired during the
summer before my sophomore year. So I’ve been in it for three years, I’m now a senior RSA and I’ve worked with first year students, and I love helping them with
the transition to college. I’ve fallen in love with the
job and I want to continue doing that or something related
to helping students after. – So what are some of your
duties or responsibilities? – So I run the honors floor, so I have 43 residents this year, and I also help manage a
staff of five other RSAs, so I help them with programming, I support them in a system
with their residents, with the other staff members, and then I take them to events on campus, I help them with home sickness. – Now when you came here
did you know anyone? – No, absolutely no one. – And how was that transition for you? – It was perfect for me, I was looking for a new start and I found people that I call my family, this is my second home. – That’s great, that’s great. Now, I think I may know the answer to this but I ask you anyway. You’ve been here you’re very
involved in a variety of things and academically when
you were doing biology, it’s certainly a rigorous program, so where do you like to hang out to relax and feel comfortable outside of your room? – Honestly Campus Ministry but specifically Devon McCormick’s office, she’s a fellow Texan and I
immediately bonded with her so. – Well that’s great,
yeah, I didn’t realize, yeah where’s she from in Texas? I know Devon but I didn’t realize. – Amarillo. – Sure, okay, that’s great. And the last question
that I ask everybody, I’m always intrigued by
the variety of the answers. In a word, how would you
describe Sacred Heart? – Growth, I feel like
we’ve definitely expanded not only with the amount
of students we take in, in the buildings but we
provide opportunities for students to grow and
develop into the people they want to be once they graduate, and I feel like I have received
those opportunities myself. – Have you experienced that, would you say your own
reflection on your own time here? – Yes definitely and I think the biggest thing was my study abroad in Ireland. – Oh so you went to Dingle? For a short period or the semester? – I did two weeks during
the summer but I stayed for two more months to
work at the aquarium there. – Well thank you and obviously thank you for what you do for Campus
Ministry, Ministry Team, and enjoy your last few
months, it’ll go by fast. – It will. – It really will, and
good luck for the future, hopefully you find the right spot for you. Thank you.