- “My favorite KU memory is…”
Attending KU football games! Everyone always thinks of basketball when they think of KU, but I really fell in love with the atmosphere at the football games. Crisp game day mornings on the hill have become a tradition. Many of my favorite KU memories were from tailgates set against the amazing fall colors on campus spent with friends and family.
- “I became a Jayhawk because…”
I’ve wanted to be a Jayhawk for as long as I can remember. I loved hearing my dad’s KU stories growing up, and I knew being a Jayhawk meant being a part of something special. From attending basketball games, joining a sorority to writing for the student newspaper, I knew KU could offer amazing opportunities.
- “Being a Jayhawk means…”
Being a part of the best exclusive – and inclusive – club! I love wearing a Jayhawk shirt with pride outside of Lawrence but the minute you hear someone call out, “Rock Chalk!” you have an instant connection - even if they’re complete strangers.
- The best advice I ever got:
Simply to be kind and work hard. Both don’t require money, talent or success but can make such a huge impact on your life and others.
- My best advice for college students:
You’ll hear a lot of people say, “Don’t take on too much,” as far as class load and activities. I beg to differ – don’t be afraid to challenge yourself and try new classes, activities, or experiences. You’ll be surprised not only by what you can handle, but achieve. It’s a time in your life when so many wonderful opportunities are available to you. Don’t leave KU wishing you would have tried or enjoyed more things.
- My guilty pleasure:
Mexican food – bring on the queso!
- What’s your favorite spot on campus?
I love the classic view of the Chi Omega fountain in the spring surrounded by bright red tulips. It’s a beautiful KU landmark that features panels designed by a student in 1955. I love that such a beautiful sight welcomes students, alums, and visitors onto campus each day.
- What’s the best KU tradition?
The Rock Chalk chant, of course! I first learned the chant from my dad as a little girl, and I’d always ask him to do it. I’ve heard it at basketball games, graduations, and weddings, and it gives me chills every time.
- What KU class surprised you the most?
My freshman year biology class. I was majoring in journalism and political science and needed a science class to fulfill my requirements. The professor was so engaging and fun. I learned so much and truly loved going to class. It ended up being one of my favorite classes that year!
- What did you want to be when you were growing up
Ever since I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. I attended the William Allen White School of Journalism at KU and learned so much from the classes and professors. I felt prepared to step into a variety of roles as a writer, and I still enjoy freelancing for many publications today.
- Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
Mindy Kaling – she’s my favorite! She’s driven, funny, smart, and able to laugh at herself. All qualities I admire in a woman.
- If you had your own Big Jay outfit, where would you wear it?
At a home basketball game, so I could experience all the fun Big Jay and Baby Jay have at the games. And hey, they’ve got the best seats in the house.