Humans of Grace: Kamari Jordan Allen
By Maegan McFarland
K: I am 20 years old.
Q: Do you have any hobbies?
K: I am a man of many hobbies. I have dabbled in guitar and drums and I also draw and write short stories. Recently I became a leader of a theatre group that travels, called Remnant. I have also been a camp counselor and I am doing an internship with Lifeline.
Q: Why Lifeline for an internship?
K: While I was a camp counselor there were kids that needed help, and at the camp we didn’t have the best facilities or materials to help them. I knew those kids needed somebody to help them better understand themselves. Also, my brother has autism, so I want to be able to help him and others in the world.
Q: What made you decide to come to Grace?
K: The small community. I like the tight knit community. I also saw these guys around Halloween, during my tour, who were pulling the guts out of a pumpkin. One guy said, “Yeah we emptied out this pumpkin.” The other guy asks, “What are we going to put this stuff in?” I thought to myself, “How are they going to solve this?” So, that’s what sold me on Grace, pumpkin guts and friendship.
Q: What is your story?
K: I was the child of a single parent. I did meet my dad when I was 10 years old. I never understood what it is to be a “manly man,” so I found myself finding male role models in these very masculine men. I started getting attached to pro-wrestling because that was my way of finding father figures. I also had struggles with my identity because I was a people pleaser. I was an introvert trying to mold into an extravert, which left me feeling tired. I developed anxiety and relational issues. After I found Christ I felt a sense of comfort. It’s been a rough journey, but it’s shown me that there are good things in this world.
Q: What do you plan on doing in the future?
K: Oh, shoot, I don’t know! One of my big dreams has been to create comics about internal struggles that people go through. I also want to write children’s books about mental health disorders to help children.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for students at Grace?
K: Don’t get so caught up in work. I get we are all here to get an education and to learn, but don’t let that stop you from building relationships. Twenty years from now your grades aren’t going to be what really matters. So take time to spend with God and with other people. We are here to learn, but we are also here to learn about ourselves.