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Major: Business administration with an emphasis in human resource management, and a leadership studies minor
Hometown: Junction City, KS
College activities: Quest Freshman Honorary, Blue Key Senior Honorary, Wildcat Warm-Up counselor and director, Student Governing Association, College of Business Administration Ambassador, leadership studies class leader
My K-State experience
The experience I had on campus as a high school senior sealed the deal for me. My mind never wandered to, "is K-State right for me?" like it had at other universities. I felt the warmth of people and knew that they were whom I wanted to learn from. Every ounce of me wanted to be a Wildcat! K-State prepared me to be a professional who starts each day with a smile.
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"The people at K-State are second to none, showing me more grace and kindness than any I’ve ever met. The purple we wear so proudly is more than a pretty color; it’s our commitment to treating each person like a member of our family. And the pride that surrounds our university is always evident — we are K-State and we are proud of it!"
I always bring my out-of-town friends to Bill Snyder Family Stadium at night. There's something so special about that Flint Hills limestone all lit up after the sun goes down.
The three P's
Three things that make K-State special to me are the people, the purple and the pride. The people at K-State are second to none, showing me more grace and kindness than any I've ever met. The purple we wear so proudly is more than a pretty color; it's our commitment to treating each person like a member of our family. And the pride that surrounds our university is always evident — we are K-State and we are proud of it!
Vote of confidence
My favorite memory of college was running for K-State Student Ambassador my junior year. The process of getting to the final six people was such a neat learning experience. I felt so loved and supported throughout the entire month of homecoming.
Everyone should take the time to experience a class passing period on a Friday in the fall. The energy on campus is unlike any other, at least half of the students are sporting purple and the trees are gorgeous! I dare you to not love life in that moment.
Blue Key Honorary was my favorite student organization. The 17 of us attacked our senior year with such lofty goals, and it was energizing and humbling to not only meet, but also exceed these goals. I'm so proud to have been associated with such successful people and to be lucky enough to still call them my best friends.
When I think of college in 30 years, I'll think, "coffee shops!" Bluestem, Radina's, Arrow, you name it — they were the site of many day-long study sessions, minor breakdowns, major revelations and life chats with my best friends. There's just something about a warm cup of coffee or tea with a friend that makes life wonderful.
Exploring her options
I was in the open option program for a year and a half before declaring a major in management. Freshman year I tried out a physics course — everyone told me I was crazy — as well as a creative writing class, some journalism courses and the introductory business course. I dipped my toes into a number of areas I was interested in and waited to be inspired. I found that excitement in my general business class.
Getting involved is so crucial to a well-rounded college experience. I would suggest jumping into extracurricular activities right away. Say "yes" to attending a club meeting, applying for prestigious scholarships or just putting yourself out there — you won't regret it!
Off the grid
I would tell my freshman self to live more in the moment. It's so easy to grab our cell phone the second we feel uncomfortable or bored. Resist that temptation! Fully engage in each situation and only reach for your phone to snap a picture with a new friend.
I loved living in the residence halls my freshman year, but it was not without a few misunderstandings. I would suggest being honest and setting ground rules with your roommate(s) right away. Communicate openly when challenges do arise, and always try to see the situation from the other person's point of view.
Other people probably wouldn't guess that I've donated my hair to Locks of Love three times — 10 inches each time!
Passing the time
I like going to Walmart at 2 or 4 a.m. for no reason, writing stories when I should be doing other things, making birthday or holiday cards from scratch, and decorating cakes.