Spring 2019 graduates were asked the following questions as a way to reflect on their time at EKU and to help new colonels succeed as they begin their time at EKU:
What’s your favorite memory from EKU?
What advice would you give incoming freshman?
What’s your favorite place on campus and why?
Where do you see yourself in 5 years/what are you doing after college? What has EKU taught you over your time there?
My favorite memory is probably my time in the old Martin (R.I.P.). It was my first dorm, and everyone on my floor left their doors open, and we had a blast literally every day.
I would tell them to get involved as much as possible — whether it is in Greek life, SAA, student government, the Rec [Recreation Center] or whatever, just get involved and get to know the people around you because that’s what makes the memories.
My favorite place(s) are the highest floors in the library, where it’s just dead silent. So much work can be done there, and if you get a seat by the window, it’s a great view of campus.
In five years, I hope to have my feet planted in whatever career I’ve fallen into. I’m currently moving to Nashville to complete my supervised practice for dietetics and will also be getting a masters in nutrition and exercise science. Currently I’m interested in working with [athletics] teams, whether college or professional.
EKU has really taught me the importance of getting involved. When I first came, I didn’t really know how to set myself up for growth, or how to get plugged in. I learned that to get where you want to be, you have to take the initiative, but you also have to surround yourself with those who are going to push you to be your best. My time in SAA really expedited that whole process because literally everyone in that organization is striving for something better than themselves, and our advisors have a genuine desire for us to succeed. Overall, it taught me to expect more of myself and how to communicate in order to grow.
My favorite memory would be being crowned homecoming king in 2017. It was an incredible honor [to] represent a school that’d I’d grown to love so much.
I would tell incoming freshmen to get involved early. Don’t overload yourself, but your college experience will be that much more meaningful if you find ways to be involved early. Go to Greek Rush and Colonel Craze and see what opportunities there are because you’ll probably be surprised by the variety.
My favorite place on campus would have to be the Ravine. It is by far the most relaxing spot to hang out or study, and it has such a rich history and tradition that’s unique to Eastern!
I am currently living in Indiana working in health- care at one of the local hospitals. In my next five years, I can see myself remaining in healthcare in an oncology setting.
EKU taught me that I have the ability to chart my own path, and with the tools provided by my courses, instructors and mentors, I am confident and able to grow and become the person I strive and challenge my- self to be. Eastern is a school of opportunity, and that has definitely made an impact on my future.
Eastern has provided me with so many amazing opportunities to grow. [Alpha Omicron Pi and Campus Outreach] have helped me grow so much in my leadership skills and have allowed me to grow in my faith.
The biggest encouragement I have would be to get involved at the very beginning. Put yourself out there, and don’t be afraid to try new things.
I have two favorite places on campus. First is the Powell building. There are always super fun things happening at Powell. Between recruitment, midnight breakfast, City Fest and events on Powell Corner, there is always something to do! My other favorite place on campus is Burnam Hall. I lived there my freshman year. Our hall of girls was so much fun. We hung out almost every night and had so many dance parties and sleepovers!
I am currently working on my Masters degree in Public Health at EKU. We [My husband and I]just got hired by [Campus Outreach] to be full time campus ministers, so that is what we will be doing for the next few years.
I learned so much during my time at EKU. After graduating, I felt ready to take on the “real world.” I also learned what true leadership looked like. As a member of Alpha Omicron Pi, I was encouraged, loved, and most importantly, pushed to be the most effective leader I could be. At EKU,
I learned that college is about growing as a person as you obtain an education. I could never explain all of the valuable things I learned at EKU.