- When did you know you were a Jayhawk?
The first time I put on a KU Softball uniform is when I officially felt like a Jayhawk. It was a real privilege to represent the university through athletics.
- As a student, how did you contribute to KU’s community and culture?
As a Jayhawk student-athlete I had the opportunity to sit on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, a group that initiated several community engagement projects including Special Olympic events, campus sustainability projects, and work with the Lawrence Community Shelter. For me, supporting and giving back to the community was a value woven into the fabric of the student-athelte experience.
- How did KU push you to try harder or to try something new?
The faculty in the William Allen White School of Journalism pushed me to get outside of my comfort zone as a student by giving me the opportunity to work with real clients on several in-class projects. Those experiences with true stakeholders, as opposed to fictional class assignments, always resulted in the most growth for me as a student. I wouldn’t have left KU with the confidence to enter the “real world” without those classes and the coaching I received from the J-School faculty.
- Describe a moment, during or after your time as a KU student, when you felt the greatest sense of Jayhawk pride.
Shortly after I officially accepted the job to return to KU as an Admissions Rep, I called my grandparents in Illinois to share the news. My grandma later told me that after we hung up the phone my grandpa changed into his “Jayhawk Grandparent” t-shirt he’d wear to my softball games and proudly announced, “We’re Jayhawks again.” Knowing that my family shares in my KU pride makes being a Jayhawk all the more sweeter.
- Where is the most unexpected place you've ever heard or said, "Rock Chalk”?
I like to always be expecting to exchange a "Rock Chalk" wherever I go, but I get the greatest joy in hearing “Rock Chalk” while in my hometown of St. Louis, MO. It always feels extra gratifying running into proud Jayhawks within the Missouri border.