Kim Akano


Hello everyone! My name is Kimberly, and I am from Austin, TX. I am a Ph.D. student, and my research focuses on race, religion, and African migration to the U.S. during the twentieth century. Before coming to Princeton, I earned my Master of Divinity from Emory University and worked at a non-profit organization in the Midwest for two years. Prior to that, I earned my BA in Psychology from Rice University.

My favorite spot for studying on campus is "the treehouse" in the Lewis Science Library (floor-to-ceiling windows, so plenty of natural light!). Other than that, I enjoy spending time at the NCW coffee shop or going for a walk on the many trails around campus. If you're looking for good food and/or tea recommendations around campus, I'm your girl!

My best advice as you start your time at Princeton is to be gentle and patient with yourself! Your first year will likely involve a ton of adjustments (in terms of managing your time, learning new things, meeting new people, etc.). Be kind to yourself (and others) as you learn how to navigate these many changes. Also, while it may be tempting to fill your schedule with a ton of activities, don't forget to make time for...nothing! Prioritizing rest and unscheduled time will help you pace yourself for what will hopefully be an exciting (and tiring!) undergrad experience.