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My degree: I graduated with a degree in life sciences with an emphasis in pre-nursing, as well as a secondary major in gerontology. I also minored in Spanish and biology.
My hometown: Overland Park, KS
College activities: Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Quest Freshman Honorary, Silver Key Sophomore Honorary, Chimes Junior Honorary, Student Mobilization Ministry and the Student Alumni Board
I love to watch "Jeopardy" and keep track of how many points I would win. I also am slightly obsessed with Hyvee's Chinese food.
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Investing in your future
As soon as I began to walk around campus, I knew my experience at K-State would be different than at any other university. The students, administrators and faculty were not only eager to help me, but seemed to also care about each other. K-Staters take care of each other in many ways, including through K-State Proud, a student-led campaign that allows the campus to raise funds for fellow students who may be in need.
K-State is different because it truly is a family. The K-State environment fosters development, community and opportunity. The university is the whole package, including top-notch academics, extracurricular activities, competitive athletic programs and leadership opportunities.
Discovering new passions
It surprised me how much I loved my gerontology classes. I loved learning about the biological effects and social issues of aging. In one of my final courses, I was paired with a senior citizen mentor who I visited once a month. It was great getting to take the things I learned in class and see how they could benefit someone else's life.
Furthering your plot
Human Body was my favorite class at K-State because I got to study the human body on a real cadaver. I have never learned so much information in one course. Plus, it's loaded with fun tips you can use to impress your friends.
Story of tradition
I love showing off Memorial Stadium to people who have never visited K-State before. When you stand in the stadium, you are surrounded by history and tradition. You can almost feel the purple pride in the air.
K-State is special to me because it has allowed me opportunities to grow as a person. I have developed personally, academically, socially and professionally because of the people I met and the opportunities I was given at K-State. I am proud to be a Wildcat.
Space to grow
The Great Room, or as it is more commonly called, the "Harry Potter Room," is on the third floor of Hale Library and feels like it's straight out of Hogwarts. It was one of my favorite places to study. The School of Leadership Studies building is also gorgeous, with little study areas complete with fireplaces — the perfect place to curl up and read.
I got to meet K-State alum Eric Stonestreet from "Modern Family" at a student theater performance he attended. I was even able to take a picture with him afterward.
Living a journey
Take advantage of community-style living. Whether in the residence halls, Greek system or scholarship houses, living with others immediately opens the door to getting involved. College is a great time in life that allows you to meet many new people, so take advantage of opportunities to try new things.
Duct tape and rain boots — someone told me this my freshman year and I’m so glad I listened.