|Kim Grandy explores her literary interests from a perch in the Waidner-Spahr Library.
“I have a list of 150 things I want to do before I die,” says Kimberly Grandy ’07. Majoring in English and juggling minors in film studies and creative writing with emphases in fiction and poetry, she certainly isn’t waiting until after graduation to start checking things off.
With such an ambitious course load, it would be easy to assume that Grandy lets the world of academia consume her. But she clearly has mastered the art of multitasking, having been actively engaged in more than a dozen campus
Her repertoire includes DJing for WDCV, performing in campus theatre productions such as The Vagina Monologues, participating in a variety of service projects through the Dickinson Volunteer Network and writing for the Belles Lettres Society’s literary magazine, The Bonfire. Grandy also has served as a chair for the Film Series and been a member of the Concert Committee and the Multi Organizational Board Social Committee.
As if that’s not enough, Grandy is co-president of the African-American Society and recently co-hosted the annual talent show, Apollo Night. She also manages to find time to work as a HUB supervisor while holding down an off-campus internship with Citizens Bank.
Though these activities have all significantly enriched Grandy’s college experience, she cites her travels off-campus as the most meaningful endeavors of all. Since coming to Dickinson, she has ventured to Cameroon through Dickinson’s Crossing Borders program, has spent a semester studying indigenous cultures in Australia and has participated in two Alternative Spring Break trips to the Tohono O’odham reservation in Pisinemo, Ariz. “I want to visit every continent and experience as many cultures as I can,” she declares.
Considering Grandy’s history, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that she already has a clear notion of what she hopes to accomplish after graduation.
“I really want to get an MFA,” she says and proceeds to rattle off a half-dozen graduate programs to which she’s applying. She continues, “I want to be a novelist and eventually move on to screenplays.” Through her writing, Grandy intends to make a meaningful contribution to the minority community. “I really want to uplift people through my stories,” she explains.
As a high-school senior from inner-city Philadelphia, Grandy was selected for the prestigious Philadelphia Futures program, a nonprofit organization that provides college scholarships to talented students from urban areas. In addition to the Philadelphia Futures scholarship, Grandy receives money from Dickinson in the form of a grant and a Samuel G. Rose ’58 Scholarship. Recipients of the Rose Scholarship are chosen by a team of administrators who review grades, high-school class rankings, SAT scores and ability to pay. Grandy is thankful for the assistance.
“The scholarships and the abroad programs are what drew me into Dickinson,” she says. “Without the scholarships, I probably wouldn’t be here.”
Grandy will graduate this May with a resumé chock-full of leadership experience and the unthinkable for most graduating seniors—zero dollars of student-loan debt.
“I have my eyes set on the world,” she says, the tenacity in her voice ringing clear. And you can’t help but believe her.