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<p> <span style="font-weight: 400;">Kijin Higashibaba ’16 came to Antioch after 13 years of Waldorf education, a year in Spain, and a year in the foodservice industry. Her first co-op was with WYSO Public Radio as a Community Voices intern. There she was was inspired by its dedication to community media and mentorship. She brought these values to her work at </span><a href=""><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Record</span></em></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, Antioch’s student newspaper, where she worked as the Editor, the first to be hired since the paper was refounded in 2013. She was also the co-creator, writer, and editor of </span><em><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Antioch Scallion</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">,</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> a satirical news blog and the first student publication since the college’s reopening. She is a writer, journalist, blogger, and wannabe photographer and humorist. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kijin deeply values humor as a way to discuss difficult and frustrating topics; it is her preferred method of speaking truth to power. Equally, she is sensitive to and fascinated by the particulars of cultural difference and the importance of context. Ever-learning and curious, Kijin strives to make familiar the unfamiliar and the unfamiliar familiar. She pushes back against norms, against certainty, and hopes to challenge the unchallenged. In a world that seems increasingly divided, serious, unjust, and hostile, Kijin hopes to find and foster connection, laughter, justice, and peace. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In her time at Antioch Kijin served on Diversity Committee, chaired </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Record Advisory Board</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, worked as a Resident Assistant, student worker for Academic Affairs, and dishwasher in Antioch Kitchens. You can follow her on her current co-op in Japan at her blog, </span><em><a href=""><span style="font-weight: 400;">Portrait of a Young Nerd</span></a></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p>