Amanda Baker ‘12
Senior and future university president hopeful Amanda Baker fell in love with the University of Redlands during a campus tour. She remained in love with Redlands because of its sense of community, school identity and pride, and the individualized attention she receives from her professors.
Amanda majored in race and ethnic studies because the introduction course “radically changed my thinking and inspired me to help my community and different ethnic communities.”
Much like the University’s Johnston program, where students design their own major, Amanda was able to choose two emphases of study within her major—Latin America and new religious movements.
"Race and ethnic studies helped me to choose what I was passionate about and unify those passions academically.”
Amanda’s non-academic opportunities on campus are equally important to her. She is involved in student government, sits on several academic honor societies including Mortarboard and Phi Beta Kappa, and belongs to the Greek organization Alpha Sigma Pi.
“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to get involved on campus and give back to the University.”
She is also grateful for the generous financial aid packet offered by Redlands, which she said, “sealed the deal.”
“The Cal Grant was the deciding factor as to attending a four-year private institution. It would have cost me more out-of-pocket to go to San Diego State in comparison to Redlands, and I could not afford to take out that many loans to pay for the extensive difference.”
“I work three jobs and through summers to cover the extra costs of going to this university. I would not have gone to Redlands if I did not receive the full Cal Grant award.”
Amanda and her twin sister Victoria are the first in their family to attend a four-year university. They will both graduate from Redlands in May 2012. Amanda is concerned for their younger sister, Rebecca.
“I do not think it is fair for someone like her, with the exact same situation financially as me, to have the same privilege taken away from her that I had the opportunity to use. She will not be able to continue here if she has to pay for any more costs out-of-pocket.”
Amanda plans to earn a master’s degree in student affairs to work in freshmen experiences and residential life.
“One day I would like to become the president of a university.”