- What was the moment you knew you were a Jayhawk?
I knew I was a Jayhawk when I first walked into the Union during Transfer student orientation. I had already attended college elsewhere, but the amount of school pride just in one building at KU was more than I had ever experienced in my life.
- What new experience did Jayhawks encourage or “push” you to try?
Before coming to KU, I had very little exposure to research and I was unaware how important it is to a well-rounded education. So when I found out I had to take a yearlong research class as a part of my curriculum, I was a nervous and couldn’t imagine what could take a year to learn. It ended up being one of my favorite classes at KU as I was able to interact a lot with my professor and create a strong bond that continues to benefit me even after graduation.
- Share a single real-life moment you personally experienced that epitomizes “the Jayhawk spirit.”
For me, the Jayhawk Spirit can easily be defined by the feeling I get each time I get to participate in the “Rock Chalk Chant” in Allen Fieldhouse.
- Describe the biggest difference between you and all other Jayhawks.
Unlike a lot of other KU students, I only attended school here for my Junior and Senior year. I may not have had all the experiences and opportunities that other students had, but I was able to pack in a lot to those two years.
- Which relationships made at KU have you maintained, and how have they continued to affect your life?
The Social Welfare program has small class sizes. Most of my classes had no more than 25 students in them. This allowed be the chance to create numerous strong, meaningful friendships that I have been able to maintain even after graduation. Some of them have stayed in the area while others have moved to cities across the U.S. I know that if I were to ever relocate, I would already have a strong Jayhawk community by my side.
- What comparisons were you able to draw between how you and your peers pursued your major at KU and how students at other universities pursued the same major? What made your degree program distinctly KU?
During my senior year in the Social Welfare program at KU, I was an intern at a low-income healthcare clinic in nearby Kansas City. The clinic had social welfare students from other local universities as well and the staff always commented that the Jayhawk interns were always the most prepared and supported by their school faculty and staff.
- In what situations do you feel the strongest connection to KU tradition?
Jayhawks are not only mythical birds, but are also the men and women who stood up for human rights and fought slavery before and during the Civil War. I am filled with such a sense of pride when I am reminded of the sacrifices and risks the first Jayhawks had to make in order for us to live in the country we all know today.