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College of Humanities & Fine Arts

Spencer McNairn

Department of Comparative Religions and Humanities 

Major: Religious Studies with a minor in Psychology 

Hometown: Chico, CA 

Campus involvement: Treasurer of Comparative Religion and Humanities Society and a Study Abroad Peer Advisor to Asia 

When are you expecting to graduate? 

I will graduate from CSU, Chico in Spring 2021.  

What’s it like to be a student at Chico State?   

Chico State offers a strong sense of community with a multitude of fun and engaging opportunities by getting involved in campus clubs and organizations. This internationally recognized institution offers global perspectives and opportunities in (virtual) classrooms; valuing diversity is one of the many allegiances Chico State adheres to. There is no doubt Chico State has suffered many catastrophes including floods, political divisiveness, fires, global pandemics, and normal day-to-day conflicts. Chico state is strong and resilient, the faculty provides immaculate support to students to overcome such ephemeral instances. 

What’s been your favorite class at Chico State and why?   

One of my favorite classes at Chico State is RELS 300W: Religion in East Asia because it exposed me to new methods of thought and observing the world. Dr. Jason Clower might be the single-best course designer and lecturer to exist in the realm of presenting mind-swirling topics like the fundamentals of Daoism. This course offers personal activities outside of the classroom to better engage the student with experiencing the material for oneself; why read about East Asian traditions when you can immerse yourself in it? 

What would be your most important advice for incoming freshman?   

Whether Chico is your hometown, you are moving away from home for the first time, or you are participating in school completely online, find a balance! I mean this to encourage students to get involved as much as they can in various clubs and organizations, but also enjoy these few years of your life—they will soon be behind you like yesterday’s sunrise. Make friends, stay involved, do your reading, learn something, but find your balance.  

What do you plan on doing when you graduate from Chico State?   

I am currently applying to master’s programs related to International Affairs/Conflict Resolution with prospects to become a Foreign Service Officer. After some time in this field, I would love to translate my life experiences into an academic focus and become a professor. 


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