Katelyn Dodd, a native of Panama City, Florida, graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and minors in early American history and corporate strategy. During college, she mentored and tutored both middle school and high school students in several Nashville-area schools. She was a Young Life leader in Brentwood, Tennessee, for three and a half years. After working with Impact America, Katelyn plans to attend graduate school.

Name and describe a memorable place you’ve been, and how you got there.

In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to study at Oxford University’s St. Peter’s College in Oxford, England. My course focused on the writings of the Inklings, a group of famous Oxford dons, including J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Oxford, known as “the city of dreaming spires,” has a unique history and dating back to the 12th century, and it was incredible—and humbling—to be studying in the same place that has produced some of the world’s brightest intellectuals. While at Oxford, I was also able to travel around the United Kingdom to places such as London, Bath, and Cardiff, Wales. The experience was unforgettable.

Did you do any volunteering in college?

While at Vanderbilt, I was very involved in Nashville Young Life. This is an international religious organization that places college students and adults in middle schools, high schools, or special needs schools to develop meaningful relationships with students. I was a leader at Overton High School in Brentwood, Tennessee, where I spent three and a half years getting to know a group of about 10 girls. I loved being a part of their lives, from meeting their families and helping them study for the ACT, to cheering them on at sports competitions and watching them grow and struggle in their faith. Young Life was an amazing way to support local students, but it also provided me with a close-knit and supportive community. My teammates, leaders, and (now former) high school girls changed my college experience, and I am lucky to still count them as some of closest friends.