- What was the moment you knew you were a Jayhawk?
Walking into the union for new student orientation was the moment I knew I was a Jayhawk. Seeing the huge welcome sign, the smiling orientation assistants, the masses of students all awaiting to begin their journey…I knew I was one of them!
- As a student, how did you contribute to KU’s culture?
I spent my four undergrad years living and working in the Residence Halls. I helped usher in the new class of freshman as they embarked on their journeys as Jayhawks. I was a shoulder to cry on, ears to vent to, and there to offer a hug in times of happiness and sadness.
- What new experience did Jayhawks encourage or “push” you to try?
Prior to coming to KU, I never envisioned myself leaving the country on my own. At KU there is a big push for students to experience and learn from other cultures and communities. Encouragement from teachers, advisors, peers, as well as the affordability and accessibility of study abroad programs gave me the courage to go abroad. My time in Stockholm, Sweden will forever stand out as one of the greatest experiences of my life.
- Share a single real-life moment you personally experienced that epitomizes “the Jayhawk spirit.”
Linking up with my fellow graduates and singing the alma mater truly epitomized the Jayhawk spirit. We were all part of this lovely community and that’s a bond that can’t be broken.
- Describe the biggest difference between you and all other Jayhawks.
The combination of my studies and extracurriculars are what make me stand apart from other Jayhawks. Find another psych major, pre-med, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, that also volunteered at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, studied abroad in Sweden, and lived/ worked in the Res Halls for 4 years, and I’ll give you a million dollars
- Which relationships made at KU have you maintained, and how have they continued to affect your life?
I plan on staying in contact with the close friends I’ve made and my sorority sisters. I hope to stay in contact with professors, they’ll serve as great advisors for getting into medical school later on!
- Describe the scene of your fondest campus memory.
I performed with my sorority in KU’s annual step show in the Union’s Ballroom. I was full of nerves-to the point of shaking knees and sweaty palms, but had the support of friends, family, and sorority sisters in the audience. At one point my shoe came off! I remember scrambling and managing to get it back on right before my solo. Beyond that the whole performance was a blur, but I’m guessing we did decent because we came in second place!
- 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?
At KU you are able to pursue a pre-medical track that helps prepare you for the rigor of medical school much like other universities but at KU you’re afforded the chance to get one on one attention through office hours, teaching assistants, and small labs while maintaining independence as a student in large lectures. KU is a large institution but professors still manage to learn the names and faces of their students. As a KU student, you are encouraged to pursue any interest you may have, even if they don’t overlap. I was able to complete a psychology degree and the recommended pre-medicine courses while maintaining multiple extracurriculars in 4 years with the help of advisors and professors. That’s was makes the program so distinctly KU; you get the big university experience and the small liberal arts college feel through the one on one attention of professors and advisors.
- What KU support service helped you overcome your biggest challenge during your academic career?
KU’s writing center was extremely helpful, especially in my freshman year when I had to write my first college paper. They’ll edit, brainstorm, and provide feedback on any paper you may need to write. From science reports, english narratives, to research projects, they’ll cover it all.
- In what situations do you feel the strongest connection to KU tradition?
Athletic events are where KU tradition truly thrives. Everyone around you has a common goal- to see the Jahawks win!