Makenna Lenover ’19 has a positive outlook on life these days. An internship at the Golden Eagle Dig in the Summer of 2016 made her realize that Archaeology was not where her passion lies, so she circled back to one of the things that drew her to Bryn Mawr to begin with; Anthropology. Switching to an Anthropology major with a Biology minor last year has settled her and given her focus as she finishes her junior year.
Disease in Human Evolution was Makenna’s favorite class this year, and she is very interested in the health field. She will gain some hands-on experience next semester when she goes to work on the Arch Street Bones Project in Philadelphia during an Anthropology Praxis course. This experience will hopefully provide insight for her senior thesis next year, exploring skeletal biology with advisor Maja Šešelj. She was instrumental in forming the Bio Anthropology Club this year. The club is planning a trip to the Penn Museum and would like to Skype with Bryn Mawr alumnae in the Anthropology fields.
Outside of class, peer mentoring fills some of Makenna’s time on campus. She also enjoys interacting with the people in the Communications Office where she can be found writing a variety of publications for the College website. In addition, she has recently become involved with Miss America Pageants and in addition to expanding her involvement in her community and having fun, is benefitting from increased confidence and scholarship awards.
As a middle school student, Makenna started a charity, Little Known Help Zone, to help children in Central America. She brought the charity to Bryn Mawr and had a chapter on campus, but due to struggles here and in Central America, Makenna realized that this year she had to make some changes. Currently, she manages Little Known Help Zone off campus and concentrates her efforts on schools in the Philadelphia area. By meeting with different clubs and organizations, and holding her own fundraisers, her charity is once again growing to empower students for educational success.
Makenna is looking forward to spending most of her summer researching human growth and development as a Bryn Mawr Summer Science Research Intern, while preparing graduate school applications and regenerating for a wonderful senior year.