KU WOMEN DISTINCTION
Doctoral Student, Educational Policy and Leadership, concentration in Higher Education, minor in Counseling Psychology
Other Achievements or Honors
Hilltopper Award - 2002
What led you to your area of study/field of interest?
From my involvement in the Dean Scholars Program (through the Honors Program), I was paired with a mentor in Clinical Psychology who gave me valuable information about graduate programs in psychology. Clinical Psychology appealed to me because of my career interest of becoming a professor, and/ or opening up a private practice.
During my second year in graduate school my career interest broadened. I found that not only could I foresee myself as a professor at a major university, but as an administrator as well. Having worked within the Intercollegiate Athletics Corporation in their academic unit for the past 6 years, I can ultimately envision myself as an administrator in college athletics.
What honor, achievement or accomplishment is most meaningful to you? Why?
Serving as an Orientation Assistant was one of the most meaningful experiences I have had as an undergraduate. Not only was I able to work with a group of people who were student leaders on campus, but I was also able to familiarize myself with the many student services KU has to offer.
Who has been influential or had a significant impact on your life?
Kathleen McCluskey-Fawcett has truly been a mentor to me throughout the past 6 yrs. With her guidance I became involved in numerous activities and organizations that have been beneficial to me as a student and as a person.
Why do you believe it is important to recognize women for their accomplishments?
It is imperative that young women in particular have positive female role models in order to be successful in life. Recognizing women for their accomplishments encourages young women of tomorrow to set high standards for themselves.
What is a most favorite/least favorite memory as a student?
My most favorite memory as a student was taking part in the KU First Kickoff Gala. Being able to talk with and hear stories from alumni gave me the sense that KU is not only a place where one attains an education, but a place where memories are made.
What is your definition of success?
When one strives for and attains an ambition that he or she not only works hard in but is passionate about.
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