The College Profiles are a series where each week I feature an interview with a college student about the college they attend. I thought this would be a great way to help high school students learn about colleges they possibly want to attend from the students that actually attend them. So often the information you get about a school as a prospective student is influenced by the school (websites, tours, pamphlets). These profiles will be an honest view of the school and talk about the things a prospective student wants to know about. I hope this series will be fun for non-prospective students as well since I think it’s kind of fun to see what life is like at other colleges and how yours compares. This week the lovely Hannah of Hannah With a Camera is talking about her experience at the University of Kansas. (I would also love for everyone to comment on the post once they are done reading with other things that weren’t talked about in the post that they want to know about the colleges I profile. I want to make sure I include everything people want to know about.)
A Little Bit About Hannah
Year: Class of 2019, but graduating in 2020 so I’m technically a sophomore
Major: Journalism (Strategic Communications) and Graphic Design
Involvement: Spoon University (a food blog), Alpha Delta Pi sorority, volunteering for the Humane Society
Likes: Hanging out with friends and going to sporting events
Out of State or In State Student: In State
About University of Kansas
Classes: For journalism and design we have small classes, but I also have taken larger lecture classes for required courses. You can take classes from other majors, but it depends on the major because they often offer the class to the students in the major first, then you have to contact the professor to see if you can take it
Surrounding Area: It’s located in a college town and Massachusetts Street (Mass Street) is the go to spot for downtown and it has a ton of cute shops and restaurants. The school is in the midwest so everyone in the area is very friendly!
Food Options: Dining Halls – Lots of options but it can get old fast—you have to make an effort to make it new and interesting for yourself | Other Options – several on campus options in the Union and a ‘food court’ type setting in one of the main lecture halls on campus | Coffee Shops – several all under the Roasterie, a local KC brand
Things to Do: Events – There’s always things being hosted with the Student Union Activities. | Fitness – The rec is great and has a ton of options, and there are several intramurals to get involved with | Sports – Basketball is huge and volleyball recently became a pretty big deal
Social/Party Scene: Frat parties are a big scene as well as going out to bars- if you’re looking to go out, you’ll have no problem finding people to go with you or a spot to go to. There’s also always events on campus or downtown that you can find if you’re not into partying
Housing: Freshmen tend to live Dorms primarily, I lived in the new ones (Oswald and Self) and loved it!
Fun Fact: Our first basketball coach was the inventor of basketball—and the only basketball coach in school history with a losing record
Thoughts on the School
Favorite thing about the school: I love both the design and journalism programs with all my heart—they’re both small programs and you can really tell that the professors care about you. I’m also in love with the traditions that come with being a lifelong Jayhawk.
Least favorite thing: Honestly just the hills! The campus is SO hilly and you get used to it pretty quickly so walking around will actually keep you in shape, but it’s definitely not an easy walk around.
What Makes the School Unique: Our traditions are such a big part of what makes KU so fun to go to. If you’re a basketball fan, this is the place to be
What else do you want to know about KU that wasn’t included in the post?