Scholar of the Month: Kimmy Schmidt
When I planned my editorial calendar for August, I had someone completely different in mind for Scholar of the Month. But then I watched The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Somehow, I at once was incredibly entertained, but felt very empowered. (That theme song is just so catchy!) I shouldn't expect anything less from Tina Fey, really, but Kimmy's character is strong and absolutely hilarious!
But how does that make her a constant scholar? There are two key reasons:
First of all, Kimmy is always trying (in her own quirky way) to enhance her traditional education. She doesn't let her past get in the way of finishing her high school education. When the GED teacher turns out to be a dud, she takes charge and starts a study group to help her class succeed. Then eventually (though unconventionally), she even gets into Columbia University! Even when (spoiler alert!) she fails out, she moves on to a different career path that might be right for her.
Second, I think it's really important to note that Kimmy is always trying to increase her non-traditional knowledge. Often with Titus' help, she catches up daily on things she missed while she was in the bunker. And with the help of some others (usually NOT Titus), she learns how to be a responsible adult in today's world. Just like I talked about in my Life Skills post, it's equally important to learn these things as it is to learn the core subjects like science and history. Even though Kimmy has (in typical sitcom fashion) a bumpy road, she is always trying to advance herself. It isn't always in a traditional manner, but that doesn't make it any less important. Basically, it is not her actual intelligence level that counts, but her daily efforts to improve herself and those around her.