By Elijah Nicholson-Messmer
Kiana Wells ’21 comes from Kingston, Tennessee, home of Wells, and the “football country” according to Wells.
A small town nestled between Watts Bar Lake and Clinch River, Kingston is forty-five minutes west of the University of Tennessee.
When considering her College options, the distinct lack of a football team was not the only thing that attracted her to Berea College, but the presence of a vibrant Women and Gender studies, and Biology Programs were contributing factors according to Wells. “I decided to come to Berea because I knew I would meet people who would help me get out of my comfort zone,” Wells said.
Kiana Wells ’21
Although the mountains, trees, and pollen that charac terize Berea are practically identical to her hometown, Wells said, “my biggest transition coming to Berea so far is adjustment. My hometown high school had about twenty non-white students, and I had to explain a lot of things to people; like why I had my hair in a certain way, why I dressed in a certain way, and why I talked a a certain way,” Wells said.
“Here in Berea, I do not understand what people sometimes say because they come from much more diverse communities. Being around not only more diverse racial and ethnic background, but more people from similar economic circumstance is liberating. I knew it was going to be different and I was going to be immersed in a bunch of new ideas and religions and ways of life,” Wells said.
“Before coming to Berea, I thought it would be difficult to handle the diversity. However, I welcomed the diversity Berea offers. The first person I met at Berea was a Muslim female student. Being a non-denominational Christian myself, I was surprised to see that we both have a lot in common,” Wells added.