by Maggie Wachtel
Communication studies major Amanda Bevington is taking the world – and Kent State – by storm.
A senior concentrating in interpersonal communication from Solon, Ohio, Bevington recently visited Greece as part of a gender and sexuality course through the College of Arts and Sciences. While there, Bevington met with LGBTQ activists and members of the Starfish Foundation, a nonprofit offering aid to refugees in Molyvos, Greece.
“It was great to meet activists and to learn more about the Starfish Foundation and the refugee crisis from their point of view,” Bevington said.
Bevington has been incredibly involved in extracurricular activities at Kent State throughout her college career. She has been a Flash Guide Orientation Leader, a Resident Assistant, President of the Kent State Student Ambassadors, Senator in Undergraduate Student Government and a member of Chi-Omega.
Bevington’s involvement earned her the titles of Kent State University Homecoming Queen last fall and Student Leader of the Year at Kent State’s CSI Awards. The Student Leader of the Year award recognizes students who have contributed significantly to the leadership of the organizations they are involved in.
“I have learned to believe in myself in my time at Kent State while also finding my purpose and my passion,” Bevington said.
Bevington’s travels are far from over. This summer, she plans to travel to Nicaragua and Ecuador with Kent State’s Office of Experimental Education and Civic Engagement. She will work with nonprofits from both countries to help their citizens become better leaders within their community.
“This is the first ever international global service learning trip. I have been waiting for a trip like this [my] entire time at Kent State, so I am super excited,” Bevington said.
After coming home from her travels, Bevington will return to Kent State to earn her master’s in Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel. She always knew she wanted to pursue a graduate degree; it was just a matter of where she would get it. It was the strength of Kent State’s program that helped her make her decision. Oh, and she also thinks Kent State is the best place in the world.
“I came into college with no self-confidence,” Bevington said. “I am leaving knowing I can accomplish anything with my determination and persistence.”