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Erika Williams

Theatre major from Topeka, KS

Deciding on a major

I love theatre, but I really wanted to go pre med. My advisor suggested to me that I also major in theatre and that it would really help me stand out on my med school applications. I still have the grades and the science courses, but I also get to do what I love. It's a nice balance of creativity and structure.

Coming to K-State

I like living only an hour from home because it’s close. But at the same time, it's just far enough that I feel more independent.

At K-State I've become the person I want to be. There's such a diverse group of people that everybody can find their niche. 

K-State opportunities:

I’ve gotten to take advantage of a lot of opportunities at K-State, especially within the School of Leadership Studies. The minor is something that a lot of other schools don't have. I've been able to really to grow through leadership studies, and it's helped me to get involved in a lot of the things that I'm really passionate about.

Through the School of Leadership Studies, I went on an alternative spring break trip to Chicago and volunteered with the Boys and Girls club there. It was hands down one of the best experiences of my life.  I didn’t think I'd get the opportunity because I was a freshman, but that is definitely not true.

When I look back at myself in my freshman year, I remember being nervous that I'd never find my way.  But I found myself, my personality. People noticed if I wasn't there, and I became part of the K-State family.

Time management

It takes a lot of time management and planning to be successful. Everything is scheduled so that I'm making time for academic life, work life and social life.  I want my time to be spent being productive. 

Making friends

I think living in the residence halls is so beneficial. You really get to meet a lot of people and have to learn to live with somebody else, which is such a new experience. 

In high school you see the same people all the time. At K-State you meet so many people on a daily basis that you have to put forth a little effort to make those lasting friendship rather than everyday classroom acquaintances.

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