Makenna has had a busy sophomore year. Last year, she had many questions, but this year, she knows the ropes enough to be a peer mentor in her dorm, Merion, and to participate on the peer-mentoring steering committee. She enjoys pulling together exhibits as a research assistant in Canaday’s Special Collections, and this year, she explored different technologies and learned coding as a Digital Research Coding Scholarship Assistant through a Mellon grant, “Liberal Arts Curriculum for the Digital Age.” That grant funded a presentation at May Day that included small-lit lanterns that students could wear on their May Day dresses.
Makenna also has an internship with a Philadelphia fashion designer, NINO brand. She helps NINO with its social media promotions. It is an unpaid internship, but Makenna considers this part of her “fun.” She will continue interning for the company through the summer.
While in middle school, Makenna established Little Known Help Zone, a non-profit dedicated to help the people of Roátan, Central America. Today, the Bryn Mawr club has seven active members, and has branched out to work with many non-profits all over Central America, raising awareness of human rights violations and working to improve conditions of its impoverished people. Besides holding fundraisers throughout the year, such as selling candy grams and hosting teas, Little Know Help Zone hosted Deputy Consul Rocio Vazquez Alvarez from the Consulate of Mexico in Philadelphia this spring for a conversation on immigration rights. Makenna and Little Known Help Zone were featured in the May issue of Lehigh Valley Style Magazine and on PEAKtv.
Makenna entered Bryn Mawr with the thought of majoring in Archaeology. However, she spent a week at the Golden Eagle dig site in Kampsville, Illinois this past summer, where she learned how to excavate, and discovered that Archaeology was not where her passion lies. With a lifelong interest in Biology and Anthropology, Makenna reconsidered her focus on Archeology and declared Anthropology as her major with a minor in Biology. Her favorite class is still a forensic anthropology course led by Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Maja Šešelj.
When she is not studying or helping others, Makenna likes to explore Philadelphia with her friends. A favorite spot to visit is Elfreths’s Alley, Philadelphia’s oldest street.
In addition to continuing her internship at NINO brand, Makenna is looking forward to a second internship with a dula/midwife in her hometown of Allentown this summer. She is also excited about being home and spending time with her younger sister and parents.