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David Inczauskis

After graduation, David Inczauskis plans to enter the novitiate of the Society of Jesus in St. Paul, Minn. He hopes to become a Jesuit priest.

Q: Describe your four research projects.

A: I conducted four research projects during my time at Wake Forest. For my first project, I studied the human rights of women and adolescents in Guatemala with Professor Luis Roniger. For my second project, I analyzed Federico García Lorca’s poem “Oda al Santísimo Sacramento del Altar” under the mentorship of Professor Candelas Gala. I had the opportunity to present my findings from the analysis at a conference in Cádiz, Spain. My third project involved working with Professor Lynn Neal to examine five Christian focus groups at Wake Forest to discover why college students attend religious events on campus. Lastly, I worked with Professor Karin Friederic to research an organization in Honduras that provides services to orphans on the northern coast.

Each of these experiences was very influential in my growth as a student and as a person. Since I am particularly interested in the intersection of religion, language, and politics, all four of these projects contributed greatly to my senior thesis papers on liberation theology in Latin America.

Q: What did you learn from your study abroad experiences?

A: I studied abroad twice: once in Spain and once in England. I gained a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of the United States. Although I came to enjoy both Spain and England, it is safe to say that I love our country now more than ever before.

Q: What extracurricular activity did you enjoy most and why?

A: Nearly every Friday, I join the Catholic community at a local nursing home to visit with some of the residents. I enjoy seeing them because they tell great stories about their lives. I’m particularly fascinated by the way in which they perceive the changes in American society that have taken place during their lifetimes.

Q: What shared values do you feel unite the Wake Forest community?

A: Excellence unites the Wake Forest community. We pursue a superior form of life, a life characterized by justice and wisdom. Wake Forest students are involved in the civil arena, yet they take time to reflect on why they do what they do. We are humble, yet we aren’t afraid to be great.

Q: Who were your mentors? Your biggest cheerleaders?

A: It is nearly impossible for me to answer this question as so many people have been influential for me during my time at Wake Forest. However, I’d especially like to thank my major advisers, Professor Jay Ford and Professor Candelas Gala, and my thesis advisers, Professor Stephen Boyd and Jane Albrecht. These people have sparked my interest in Spanish and religion and stoked the fire on occasion when I needed support.

Q: What is the best advice you were given during your four years at Wake Forest?

A: Someone once told me to pursue truth rigorously and to take ownership for my work. When I write, I try to do so in a way that brings out the truth of the matter. I also try to write in a way that does justice to the topic. Intellectual honesty is really important to me, partially because I have read numerous books that fail to present information accurately and honestly. As I proceed through life, I will never forget the importance of truth and responsibility.