- When did you know you were a Jayhawk?
It happened rather quickly — maybe the first month I was on campus. All of a sudden, the people I lived with were my family, I was referring to Templin and Lawrence as "home," and I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.
- As a student, how did you contribute to KU’s community and culture?
Being a part of Student Union Activities gave me a chance to really be in the driver's seat when it came to campus event planning and programming at KU. It was so much fun to work on UnionFest as a senior — I had such fond memories of the same event from my freshman year.
- How did KU push you to try harder or to try something new?
I have to tip my hat to my advisors and mentors at KU. They did a great job of making sure that I left my comfort zone and learned to approach problems in new ways. My problem-solving and critical-thinking skills are a testament to what I learned both in and out of class and overseas.
- Describe a moment, during or after your time as a KU student, when you felt the greatest sense of Jayhawk pride.
Every time I close an email, which is always with "Rock Chalk!" That's kind of the greatest thing ever.
- What was the greatest gift you took with you after graduation?
My KU degree has prepared me to do anything — nothing is out of reach. I am so proud of how I grew as a person during my four years in Lawrence, and the confidence I carry stems from the University of Kansas diploma hanging on my wall.
- If you had your own Big Jay outfit, where would you wear it?
I'd drive cross-country. Big Jay would make an excellent tourist at the Golden Gate Bridge, Mount Rushmore, the St. Louis Arch, and of course, he’d look great chilling with Abraham Lincoln in D.C.