Kimberly Mai Anthes ('14) | Psychology

Kimberly Mai Anthes ('14) | Psychology

U.S.A. and Japan

Extracurricular activities and organizations: Officer for International Students Association, Spring Break Missions through Beltway Baptist Church, Life Group leader.

Favorite courses: Cognition and Learning, Teams & Team Leadership, Management and Organizational Behavior with Dr. Vardiman,  Leadership in Organizations with Dr. McCaleb, Child Development.

Biggest  surprise about ACU: That there would be so many international students and residents in Abilene. I felt as if I could travel the world and learn about other cultures without ever leaving Abilene. 

You might also like to know: I am deeply in love with Jesus and His people of the world. I speak two languages and love learning about new cultures and people. I love learning new things and love constructive criticism and feedback. I long to grow, learn, see and hear how I can do better.                                   

Advice to incoming students: If you are from the U.S., go engage students here that are from another race, culture, or country. If you are a minority student or international student, go engage the people from the U.S. Both sides are equally nervous about approaching the other. Take some form of child development class, because you will learn things about yourself and your parents on a deeper level, while learning to be more gracious and forgiving toward whoever raised you. Take MGMT 335 with Dr. McCaleb and learn how to be a well-rounded leader. You will learn how to not fear speaking in front of others and the value you bring to a team or as a leader. If you want to learn how to learn, earn better grades, have more time, then I recommend everyone to take PSYC 241 as soon as possible.                 

Why did you decide to come to ACU?  

I spent the latter half of my high school at an international Christian school. I had accepted Christ there and was eager to learn more about Christ. I also had a high school professor tell my class that no matter what kind of college, university or institution you go to after high school, the person you are going in and the person you will be coming out will be two very different people. That stuck with me and I realized if I am going to change regardless where I am at, why not choose to change into someone that will come out having a good education but deeper in my relationship with Christ than I am now?                 

How has ACU prepared you academically for your future?

Through the psychology department, I learned about myself on a deeper level and how to interact with others more effectively. Through the business department (I am a business minor), I learned how to think critically, be a leader, and the valuable role of business in the modern world today. 

How has your experience at ACU impacted you?

I met people who included me into a community that loves unconditionally, yet challenges me to be a better person. Some of my most difficult moments in life were while I was at ACU, and if I didn’t have the people around me who loved God with all their strength, mind and heart, and the boldness to speak truth into my life, then I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

What have you gained through your involvement with LYNAY or PULSE?

That it is indeed possible to love God and be a business professional. Through the influential leaders that spoke to us, I have gained better insight on relationships with others, how to lead others, and that it is okay to not have every minuscule detail of your life figured out.

What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to attain a position in HR recruiting department of a company or to go into social work as a family educator. The first because I have a passion for businesses, the second because I have a passion for families. Therefore, I am open to either opportunity.                 

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