When families throughout the United States still find themselves wondering whether the economic downturn is truly over, and as job reports become an indication of a sluggish, but improving situation, many find themselves wondering how to best navigate this new world. This often leads to a mecca back to universities in search of a new path.
For Lyndsay Anderson, though, school is not just about the job that may follow. For her, knowledge is the true key to a happy, healthy life. “[I believe] the most powerful tool is the power of knowledge,” she says. While many universities offer a wide range of programs that allow dozens of students each year to obtain a graduate degree to further a career, at times, the idea of personal growth becomes lost in the hustle and bustle of a campus teaming with students.
Today, Anderson is one of four students in her cohort to be studying full-time for a graduate degree in social justice. She has chosen a small school, Kilns College, to feed her spiritual growth as much as her intellectual growth. Since the beginning, she has found a certain peace in the knowledge that the school’s president is dedicated to more than just producing graduates; he is focused on personal growth as much as growth of the mind.
Pursuing a degree in social justice often means taking a close look at issues that often are hard to acknowledge: the way the world works is often not kind to those born into certain situations, and the idea of justice can be foreign. In a world increasingly more connected through the rise of social media, these groups finally stand in a powerful position: bringing attention to the plight of the “underdog” on a grassroots level. Advocacy for things like human rights is spreading, and we have no doubt Anderson is well on her way to changing the world through the power of intellect.
For Anderson, the journey to Kilns College was a long, winding one. It was a journey that led her from her hometown and abroad, searching for a greater meaning through outreach and a passion for life. In the next segment, we will take a closer look at Anderson’s work in Haiti and Cambodia, where her positive influence is truly inspirational.