Seniors reflect on their time at EKU

John Wilson, top left, Anissa Lopez-Chavez, bottom left, Jacob Broadwell, top right, Brittany Canary, bottom middle and Jesse Buis, bottom right, will be graduating this semester from EKU.

As the spring semester wraps up and graduation preparation begins, Eastern Kentucky University seniors reflect on their time as Colonels.

John Wilson is a 2021 graduate with a general and engineering physics degree. Wilson is active in his community by being an undergraduate research assistant and being an active member of EKU's Baptist Campus Ministry. After graduation, Wilson plans to take a year off. When asked to describe his time spent at EKU using one word, he said “full.”

Anissa Lopez-Chavez is graduating with a homeland security degree. Anissa is involved in EKU ROTC and is an important part of the Colonel’s Battalion social media program. She chose to go to EKU because it was an affordable school that offered her major. If she were to give her freshman self one piece of advice, it would be to “write down your assignments a week ahead of schedule that way there are no surprises.” 

Jacob Broadwell is preparing to walk across the graduation stage receiving a broadcast and electronic media degree. Broadwell is involved in the Eastern Progress where he hosts a podcast called “Eastern Kentucky Express” and co-hosts a podcast called “EPic Sports Podcast.” If he were to give one piece of advice to his freshman self, it would be, “It’s okay to fail and although it may not feel like [it], it’s okay to go through bad times because at the end of the day everything will work out.” 

Brittany Canary is graduating this semester with a natural resource management and outdoor recreation degree. Canary is from Louisville, Kentucky. She is involved in the Kentucky Army National Guard. If she were to go back in time and tell her freshman self one piece of advice, it would be to “focus on school and don’t give up easily.”

Jessie Buis is preparing to graduate with a biomedical science degree with a concentration in pre-med as well as a chemistry minor. Buis shows her leadership skills by working as an operations manager at the EKU recreation center.

“I chose to go to EKU because of the New Science Building and the atmosphere on campus. I also thought it was neat that my grandmother, aunt, mother and sister all attended EKU as well,” said Buis.

This year’s commencement ceremonies will take place at Roy Kidd Stadium on Friday, May 7, and Saturday, May 8. This will be the first in-person graduation since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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