Mackenzie Waggoner

Mackenzie Waggoner

Year in school: Junior

Major: Agricultural communications and journalism, secondary majors in natural resources and environmental sciences and global food systems leadership

Hometown: Topeka, Kansas

What is your earliest K-State memory?

My earliest K-State memory was when my aunt was still in college here. I was in elementary school, and she invited me to come and stay with her in Manhattan for the weekend. That was the first time I went to Manhattan hill, ate Pizza Shuttle pizza and had my first glimpse of what it was like to be a K-Stater. As a student now, I value that experience. I fully understand that the weekend I spent with my aunt was one of the reasons I decided to become a K-State student.

Why did you choose K-State?

I chose K-State because of the people. When I came to K-State for my first official tour, I absolutely loved the whole experience. By lunch I knew I was going to attend K-State. I had the opportunity to eat at the Kramer Dining Center and I, of course, had to get some Call Hall ice cream. While I was standing in line, a student approached me and asked about my experiences on campus and spoke about some of hers. During all my college visits, I never had a student approach me and that stuck out to me. I knew at that moment: K-State students want me to succeed and find a place that felt like home.

How are you involved at K-State?

I am involved at K-State through various activities. I am a member of the K-State Alumni Association Student Alumni Board and Kappa Alpha Theta, where I serve as vice president of external affairs. I also am a member of the agricultural communications and journalism advancement team.

What has been your favorite K-State experience?

My favorite K-State experience is being able to share my experience with my parents. Neither of my parents attended university after high school. They have been able to experience K-State game days, try new and unfamiliar places to eat, and explore Manhattan just like I have. The best part is that my dad is progressively adding K-State gear to his wardrobe so he doesn't look out of place when he comes up for a visit.

How does K-State care for Kansans in your hometown community?

K-State cares for my community in the sense of creating an atmosphere where students are able to succeed. In Topeka, the socioeconomic status of families is remarkably diverse. K-State has an abundance of resources for all students to succeed. I believe that is what makes K-State, K-State.

Why do you want to bring K-State to your community?

I want to bring K-State to my community because K-State has become my home away from home and I hope that other potential students will be able to do the same. When I was going through my college search process, this was especially important to me. More than likely, college is the first time students are away from their homes and their family. It can be intimidating, new and unknown. Finding a community that makes students feel comfortable, welcome and included is what I found at K-State.