The Pepperdine community and fellow experts speak out on how opinions form and why they are important in developing a true meaning of self. Whether faith, entertainment, politics or more — opinions play a massive role on a college campus and throughout one’s life.
Everybody Has One
Senior Gibson Stump discusses his passion for tennis shoes and how sneakers not only cultivate high fashion but a family connection that hopefully will last generations.
President Jim Gash discusses his passion for continuing to improve student community life on campus, which stems from his time as a student at Pepperdine and the University’s promise to students.
Junior Kelli Brickner, like many of her peers, is experiencing burnout this semester, amplified by the lack of rest offered to students from their work. She discusses how a longer, more intentional fall break would greatly benefit students in the long run.
Hispanic Studies Professor Roshawnda Derrick said she is passionate about ending the stigmatism surrounding code-switching among bilingual speakers. Derrik is determined to help students develop a deepened cultural worldview.
Senior Alicia Oumsang said she learned the term “model minority” after seeing an infographic on Instagram in summer 2020 that discussed how the myth drives a wedge between Asian and Black Americans. Oumsang said while the idea of grouping Asian Americans as the “model minority” may seem positive at the surface level, it is important people learn just how harmful the myth is.
Hope Lockwood, a Pepperdine junior who identifies as non-binary, discusses the difference between gender and sex, as well as the importance of freedom to explore and express gender identity without the weight of societal constructs.
Junior Sammie Wuensche said she is passionate about using her Indigenous heritage to educate her peers. Wuensche said she likes to inspire others to learn more about Indigenous people by explaining why she loves being Indigenous.
Pepperdine’s Freedom Wall is synonymous with sharing opinions on campus. This timeline details the major displays throughout the wall’s history, from its establishment in 2003 through this semester.
Senior Hope Dease said she is passionate about her faith and believes everyone is saved by God, no matter whether they accept Him into their lives. Dease said she uses her platform as a student to try to spread the love of Jesus to everyone she meets.