My favorite place on campus is:
I am partial to the Chi Omega Fountain. I love taking my kids and my dog there to play in the water during the summer! A close second would be Potter Lake or the random fun sitting spots next to Chalmers Hall.
My favorite KU memory is:
Going to Florida to cheer on the football team for the Orange Bowl, celebrating the men’s basketball team winning the NCAA tournament downtown, and walking down the hill (graduating) for the first time… all in one year!
If you only had 1 day to explore Lawrence, what would you do?
One day is not enough but here goes… Of course, it would be summer; I would start with a long bike ride along the Kansas River and end up somewhere delicious downtown for breakfast – maybe Ladybird Diner. After that, I would explore the Spencer Museum of Art for a bit to work up an appetite for more food – maybe something at Limestone Pizza. Then, I would locate my family (not sure where they were before in this scenario), make a pit stop at Tad’s Tropical Ice and head to the pool or the Clinton Lake beach, and relax. I would end with some more delicious food and probably a Free State Ad Astra Ale. Obviously, I really enjoy food. Fortunately, Lawrence has a lot of that!
On being a First Gen/Non-Traditional student:
As a first generation (and transfer) student, I remember how terrifying the spring of my senior year in high school was. Everyone seemed to have everything figured out as far as what colleges they were applying to and what they wanted to accomplish while in college. I knew nothing about the college application process and felt so behind! I knew I wanted to go to college as well, but had no idea how to get started. Fortunately, my family and friends helped me in figuring out what I needed to do in order to apply to a nearby community college. With the help of a local scholarship, my undergraduate journey began. In community college, I was able to build my confidence and realize I could do this college thing after a successful semester of commuting, working, and earning pretty good grades. I had built up the courage to apply to KU and was accepted! Never did I think that my experience as an undergraduate at KU would lead to a career in helping others navigate college, but that is where I ended up. I love sharing my own #FirstGen stories with undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and helping them figure out how to do college and realize that they are not alone.