Sami Kay Martin ’06
Sami Kay MartinMajored in English, religion, and  gender
and women’s studies
Reporter, The Christian Post, New York City, NY 

“I initially came to New York City to further my studies in religion after graduating from IC,” Martin says.

Her master’s thesis, “What Women Need: Surviving Sexual Assault,” earned the highest marks possible and was selected for installation in the library of Union Theological Seminary in New York where she earned her M.A. and M.Div. degrees. She has led workshops on teen suicide, dating violence and sexual assault.

Martin has also decided to seek ordination in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as well as continue working as a reporter. She works six days a week on average, five for The Christian Post and one or more at the Valley Stream Presbyterian Church.

“Illinois College prepare me to take on a lot of responsibility and helped me set a good foundation in religious studies as well as English, and gender and women’s studies,” Martin says. “I use all three of my degrees on a daily basis and am very proud to represent IC in NYC.”

She is an author as well. Becoming the Butterfly: New Life, New Hope, New Joy chronicles Martin’s own experiences following pastoral abuse and how she was able to cope with the trauma through her faith in God.
 
You can go to www.samikmartin.com to read Martin’s blog and order her book.

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