|Derrick Tillman-Kelly works in the Financial Aid Office on campus and has served on the Executive Board and Financial Advisory Board of the Student Senate.|
|Your hometown?||South Holland, Illinois|
|Why Wesleyan?||Looking back to four years ago, I think my answer has changed a bit. At the time, I chose IWU because there was a great reputation in biology and overall it felt like I was joining more than a school – more like a family of people looking out for each other.|
|Your major?||Biology with a minor in cognitive science. But I’m going into student affairs upon graduation.|
|Favorite professor or class?||
By far Dr. Harper and ecology! I’d never appreciated one’s ability to make random animal sounds until we were in the woods for lab and Dr. Harper called to a bird, which returned the call.
A tie for a close second would be Race, Racism & Anthropology and From Exile to Expatriate… their subject matter fascinated me.
|After Wesleyan?||Graduate school for higher education in student affairs. I want to help in improving the collegiate Greek system and one day become dean of students.|
|Biggest thrill or best memory?||
Semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. Even though I was over 4,000 miles away from campus, I was still able to travel Europe with some of my fellow Titans.
It was an amazing semester both academically and in personal understanding.
|For fun?||Hanging out with friends, movie night at my apartment, or study sessions in the lounge of Magill… hey this is Wesleyan, right?!|
Random stops at work in the Financial Aid Office.
Also, understanding that we all have a purpose and by living our purpose we make it easier for others to live theirs.
|Favorite book?||I’m loving books about purpose and self understanding… two that come to mind are: Letters to a Young Brother by Hill Harper and Of Beetles and Angels by Mawi Asgedom.|
|Favorite musical artist?||John Legend and Smokie Norful|
Wow, there are so many quotes often worth collecting. Two of my favorites are:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to change you is the greatest accomplishment.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Writing is nothing but speaking to the paper.” — Nikki Giovanni (from a Student Senate dinner with her).