- What was the moment you knew you were a Jayhawk?
At my first men’s basketball game my freshman year. I had heard about the KU traditions and Allen Fieldhouse, but actually being there and feeling the energy and excitement was unlike anything I could have imagined. The pregame video still gives me goosebumps!
- As a student, how did you contribute to KU’s culture?
I definitely stayed busy during my undergrad! I was the vice president of my sorority and I was pretty active within the Greek community. I also had an on-campus job and I was a member of different clubs like the KU Marketing Club and Student Career Navigators. KU has so much to offer, so I made sure to get involved with as much as possible.
- What new experience did Jayhawks encourage or “push” you to try?
Studying abroad for the summer in Barcelona. My journalism professors helped me look at programs, and they really pushed me to step outside of my comfort zone. I’m so thankful they encouraged me because I can honestly say studying abroad was the best experience of my college career.
- Share a single real-life moment you personally experienced that epitomizes “the Jayhawk spirit.”
My freshmen year when the men’s basketball team made it to the Final Four. My friends and I are huge basketball fanatics, so of course we made the 17-hour drive to Louisiana to cheer on the Jayhawks. The long drive paid off because we got to sit in the very front row!
- Describe the biggest difference between you and all other Jayhawks.
I’m an out-of-state Jayhawk and none of my family had gone to KU. I was the first one to become a Jayhawk, but a few years later my little sister and brother decided that they wanted to be Jayhawks too! Now we are a family of Jayhawks and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.
- Which relationships made at KU have you maintained, and how have they continued to affect your life?
I met all of my best friends at KU. We still talk every day and I know we will always be close. I would also say my professors in the J-School. I was fortunate to have awesome professors who went above and beyond to make sure they had a relationship with their students outside the classroom. I am really grateful to have found such an awesome community at KU.
- Describe the scene of your fondest campus memory.
Walking through the Campanile on graduation day. My friends and I were so excited to walk through the Campanile because it’s one of KU’s biggest traditions. After we walked down the hill, all of our professors were waiting there to cheer us on. It was so cool because I was with all the people who made my KU experience. It’s a moment I will never forget.
- In what situations do you feel the strongest connection to KU tradition?
Singing the Alma Matter and waving the wheat. Whether it is at a home football game, the homecoming parade, or during graduation, these are two KU traditions that get people pumped up and excited about being Jayhawks.