Service to others is important to many Alma College students who volunteer on and off-campus throughout the academic year.
One student who strives to make an impact is Detroit senior TiKilah Turner. A double major in psychology and sociology, TiKilah also is a community assistant in the first-year student residence halls and is active in several organizations.
“Oddly enough, I was really shy during my first semester of college,” says TiKilah. “I didn’t leave my room much. Then the Admissions Office reached out to me for a profile in one of its brochures. Shortly after, other offices began contacting me for similar things.
“I am proud to say that I can now walk into any building on-campus and know at least one person,” she says. “I think that is an import part of anyone’s Alma experience. You have to invest in yourself through the college to take advantage of the many networking opportunities that can lead to really grand avenues of success.”
Her involvement with the Multicultural Student Union, King-Chavez-Parks and Campbell Scholars programs have allowed her to find a passion for mentoring and promoting diversity.
“I have worked closely with several clubs to create atmospheres where first-year students, students of color, and students who need a place to have a voice, can have a voice,” she says.
“Although I am constantly in this mode of ‘can’t stop, won’t stop,’ I get energy from the things that take my energy,” says TiKilah. “Even though I am working, mentoring and helping people, it energizes me.
“One of my main goals in life is to give back to others in the same capacity that others have given to me,” she says. “Others have helped mold me into the person that I am today. It’s really admirable how caring they were toward me. I am hopeful that I could be that person for someone else.”
Following graduation, she hopes to find a position as an inner-city counselor serving underprivileged youth.
More about TiKilah:
What is your favorite place on campus?
“The Clack Art Center. I love having the opportunity to celebrate my peers and their work.”
What has been your favorite class?
“ENG-120: Tricksters & Troublemakers. I enjoyed how this class shed light on how literature can be used as a tool to veil and unveil messages.”
What has been your greatest accomplishment while at Alma College?
“My greatest accomplishment was starting the Black Student Union last semester. Although we aren’t a part of Student Congress, simply having a space for black students to commune, discuss ideas and issues, and uplift one another is beyond important.”