My name is Ashley, and I’m excited to show you all what KSU means to me. For the past three years, I’ve called Kennesaw home. I’m a senior studying Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. With this being my final year at KSU, I’ve gone through various learning experiences, fun times, and peaks and pits with my social life and academic career. Those moments ultimately shaped me into the young lady and proud owl I am today.
However, every journey starts with a beginning.
Though I graduated high school with numerous awards and accolades, I wanted something different. When August 2011 came, I left my hometown Columbus, GA headed to Kennesaw, ready to embrace the world. It didn’t hit me until my parents left, embarking on a two-hour drive home that I was truly on my own now. That reality was something I didn’t want to face, so I tried my best to delay it.
I became disengaged with campus life and activities, thinking that staying to myself will slow life down and make college last forever. I went home often, not wanting to let go of the familiar. Yet, I still made friends, went to events, and joined clubs.
Moving into sophomore year, I thought working my way through will surely postpone things. Nonetheless, in between work and school, I still knocked out my core classes and major requirements, while bonding with my roommates who became new best friends. I learned my way around campus, knew where to go and how to find everything, explored my identity and personality, and tried new things. While becoming more acclimated to life in Kennesaw, I adjusted to being away from home. As the year wrapped up, I knew I had to get involved and enjoy life at KSU more.
My junior year, I jumped in head first and fell in love with KSU. I became a Resident Assistant (RA), a student assistant in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and joined a few clubs. Helping new freshman residents adjust and adapt to college life, I was reminded of all the great things KSU had to offer. Beyond the great food at the Commons, various activities like Get in Gear (GIG) Week, Homecoming, comedy shows, volunteering, guest speakers and more, KSU offered a unique experience for me to learn more about myself and opportunities for me grow. Through sharing my journey to my residents last year, I realized that the reality I tried to escape became a lifestyle I was accustomed to.
Now that I’m a senior, the reality of being a college student away from home is one I don’t want to end. Kennesaw has become my home, and while leaving the nest is never fun, I know I have what it takes to make it far in life. Before I leave, I wanted to capture all great events and moments of my last
Fall GIG Week
This year from August 15th – August 27th, GIG events took place all over campus to get students involved and enjoy the first few weeks of school. From movie nights, First Year Convocation, bingo, casino games, taste testing events, giveaways, to freebies galore at Bazaar on the Bricks, the Department of Residence Life hosted events that catered to every possible interest.
This included the comedy night on August 17th, where almost 1,200 students came to see comedian Jessimae Peluso from Girl Code perform. To ease any worries about the first day of school, there was even breakfast, snacks and juice given to residents on the North and South end of campus.
numerous residents; plus there was a meet and greet for lucky fans! For all the food lovers on campus, we had made to order waffles and buffet style breakfast at Brunch and Brains and finger licking BBQ at Ye Olde Nest. Taste of the World brought a global feast filling everyone’s appetite, concluding Fall GIG 2014. It was great and even surreal seeing all the residents enjoy GIG, and making fond memories that will last them a lifetime.
I can’t wait to share more on-campus moments with you all. As KSU expands and grows, remember that there’s always a unique place for you here. Got a question or comment, sound off below in the comments section or email me at email@example.com. Black and Gold – Proud and Bold!