Senior from Concord, OH
Senior from Concord, OH
Kayla is a Communication Disorders Major with a Minor in Theatre. She is involved in the National Student Speech Languate Hearing Association (NSSLHA), Greek Life, Intramurals, the Theatre Program, and is the Team Manager for BW Wrestling.
What is your favorite quote?
Love like you've never been hurt, live like there's no tomorrow, dance like no one is watching.
What was your biggest mistake as a first year student? What did you learn from that experience?
My biggest mistake as a first year student was not managing my time as wisely as I could have. It was exciting to gain a new feeling of independence and to have more freedom, and while this is a good thing, I did not manage my time wisely when budgeting time to do my homework. As a result, my grades, although good, were not as good as they could have been. Since then I have developed a study schedule for myself that has given me the time to get all of my school work done but has still left my schedule open for other activities. I take at least one or two afternoons or evenings of the week where I will sit down and get all of my homework done for the week, that way I do not have to worry about it for the rest of the week. That way, I know I have completed everything and as the week gets busier, I know I have not forgotten to do any assignments. This has also given me the opportunity for more free time because I get all of my schoolwork done at the beginning of the week. I also never went to the library my first year, but now I go there a lot because I have found that I am able to be much more productive in the library and I am not distracted.
How did you choose your major?
I chose my major when I was a senior in high school. I was on the high school soccer team, and we volunteered all day to go participate in activities at a school for children with special needs. The experience was so much fun for me and I absolutely loved working with the kids there. I also had the opportunity to meet the speech-language pathologist that worked there and after seeing her interact with the kids and observing the impact her role as a speech therapist had on them I knew I wanted to major in Communication Disorders and to pursue a career in speech-language pathology.
What has been your best experience at BW so far?
I have had so many absolutely wonderful experiences at BW that it is extremely hard to pick one experience as the best experience. I think one of my best experiences was living in Klein Hall my first year. I could not have lived with better people my first year, and they are all still my absolute best friends. They have become a second family to me and I have shared so many experiences with them and they have helped to shape me into the person I am today. The friends I made by living in Klein my first year helped make my first year of college an amazing experience, and they continue to help make each year great.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I cannot narrow it down to one absolute favorite spot on campus, but I do have a few favorites. I really love North Quad in the fall and spring because it looks absolutely beautiful and everyone is outside on the Quad, whether its playing sand volleyball, football, basketball, or just hanging out and enjoying the nice weather. Another one of my favorite spots would be the Rec, because I enjoy working out, helping out with the wrestling team, and playing intramural sports, and also it is a great place to hang out and socialize because the Rec is always busy with activity. One of my other favorite spots would have to be the George Finnie Stadium because sporting events and April Reign events are really fun to attend and participate in.
What movie star would play the role of you in a movie? Why?
If I had to choose a movie star to play me in a movie I would have to choose probably Emma Stone or Emmy Rossum. Emmy Rossum looks more like me and so I think she could play me best based on appearance. She also plays very sweet and compassionate characters, and I like to think that I am a sweet and compassionate person, so I think that she could play me very well. However, Emma Stone is one of my favorite actresses, and I have loved every role that she has played, so I think that she would also play me well. Although we don't look alike, she seems to have a great sense of humor and she plays quirky characters very well, which completely fits my personality because I am quirky and have a really good sense of humor. She also seems outgoing, and can play outgoing characters really well, and I am a very outgoing person so she would be able to portray me well in that aspect.
What was the best advice given to you by your parents or family members during your first year?
The best advice my parents and family gave me during my first year was to be myself and to not be afraid to try new things. They have always been extremely supportive and told me not to be afraid to get involved on campus. Also, they told me that your college experiences will be some of the best times of your life so enjoy them and make the most of them while you can because they do fly by. Lastly, they told me to cherish the friendships that I would develop because your college friends really do become a family to you and will be some of your life-long friends.
Be excited!! College will be one of the best experiences of your life. You will learn so much about yourself and meet so many people. Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and meet new people and try new things. It is really easy to get involved in activities in college, especially at BW, so embrace it and make the most of it!! We are excited to get to know you!!