- What new experience did Jayhawks encourage or “push” you to try?
When I first arrived at Kansas freshman year, I walked into Oliver Hall not sure if I should sign up for Rush. However, my family and others around campus encouraged me to try it so I decided to give it a go. While in the end I did not join a sorority, Rush is where I met my very first KU friend, who still happens to be one of my best friends. If you aren’t sure about a particular activity, I’d say give it a try – you never know what will come of it or whom you might meet! College is all about new experiences and you’ll never be disappointed in trying something new!
- Share a single real-life moment you personally experienced that epitomizes “the Jayhawk spirit.”
The first memory that comes to mind when I think of “Jayhawk spirit” was in 2008 when Mario and the Miracle occurred. I remember sitting in a restaurant with my friends and being nervous that we were about to lose the Championship. Right after Mario made the 3-pointer to go into overtime, our night, week, and even our year was made different. The sense of pride and excitement that filled Mass Street after winning was something I will never forget and still get chills thinking about.
- Which relationships made at KU have you maintained, and how have they continued to affect your life?
The friends I made at Kansas are still among my best friends today, even with all of us living in different states. The friends you make in college are very important because during the four years living away from home, they influence and help mold you into the person you want to be. After living and growing up with these friends for four years, they know the real me and accept me for who I am. These relationships are such a positive part of my life. The memories I have with these girls at KU are memories I will have forever.
- 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?
I do not know many students who pursued Film and Media Studies at other universities. Among the students I worked with in my major, we were all very passionate about film/movies in general. We would discuss that it was difficult to make a living in our field - not many people are fortunate enough to become successful in the Film Industry. However, that didn’t steer us away. We wanted to learn film history, how to film/edit/complete a movie, and everything in-between. There are many KU professors who were able to share their first-hand experiences of working in the film industry. They would share their own work/films and being that I’m a visual learner, this always made my classes enjoyable, which in turn made my major successful for me.
- What KU support service helped you overcome your biggest challenge during your academic career?
Being a Film and Media major, multiple classes require you to make videos from beginning to end. Since I had never made a video/movie before, I really didn’t have any idea what I was doing when it came to completing this task. I found editing to be the most difficult part. Every time my group got together to finish a project, we would gather in the Oldfather editing room and begin to put all the pieces together. On any given day, you could always find other Film students working on their projects. Because Film and Media isn’t one of the larger majors, it was a tight niche of students and professors who were always willing to teach one another or help brainstorm ideas. Sitting in the editing room taught me a lot about film making and introduced me to many people.