Friday, August 29, 2014

New Owl Blogger: Ashley King

Hey guys!

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.

The GIG Concert on August 21st, where Old Dominion and Dan+Shay performed, attracted
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 aking82@kennesaw.edu. Black and Gold – Proud and Bold!

-Ashley King




Thursday, August 21, 2014

New Owl Blogger: Shelby Huckeba

Hello!

My name is Shelby, and I am so excited for the opportunity to share my love of Kennesaw State University. There's a lot that goes into the decision to select a college, and I hope that I can share some insight as to what it is like to be a KSU Owl. So a little about myself,  I am a Senior Marketing major with a concentration in Marketing Communications. I will be graduating in May of 2015, and I am filled with both excitement and nostalgia as I begin my last year.

I spent my Freshman year at Georgia College and State University before coming to KSU. I have lived in Kennesaw my whole life and I thought that in order to get the college experience I had to move away. What I failed to realize at the time is that college is what you make of it (and that college is very expensive). Although I learned a lot being away from home, I also began to realize the opportunities and benefits of going to Kennesaw State. I began to look into the business program and saw the return on investment I would receive from my education. Transferring to KSU was the best decision I have ever made! I have been able to make connections with professors and have made some of my closest friends through the school. I have a job working as a tour guide, and I am also involved in various organizations on campus. I am very proud to call myself an Owl.

My goal in writing blogs is to share my experience. Our school is continuously growing and evolving, and I believe it can best be seen through a student's perspective. I look forward to the coming weeks, and hope to share with you many of the events and happenings on Kennesaw's campus. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at shuckeb2@kennesaw.edu.

Talk to you soon,
Shelby Huckeba

Monday, July 7, 2014

Summer @ KSAW

The summer time is always an exciting time for everyone! Even though many students take summer courses, there is no reason not to make the most of your summer months! The area around Kennesaw State University has so much to offer! Let me share with y’all my favorite things to do around Kennesaw in the summer.


Go Jump Into The Lake!
 Lake Allatoona is only a short drive away from KSU and offers so many different things to do on a hot day! There is a public beach where people can hang out. It is one of the best places to go to on a hot day – especially if you can get a big group of your friends!


For All The Foodies Out There.
If y’all could not tell by my last blog post, I am sort of a self-proclaimed food connoisseur. One of my favorite things about Kennesaw is the different and unique options for food! In the summer there are so many places to go grab a bite to eat. A cool place you can go on Mondays is the local food truck festival in downtown Kennesaw. Also, there are farmers markets around Kennesaw and even one that happens weekly on campus! Those are great places to stay healthy and get some fresh produce!

Speaking Of Staying Fit!
               
If you are interested in staying fit Kennesaw offers many varieties of things to stay fit! We have local charities that hold 5K runs on and off campus. If you are a runner, Kennesaw has some great options for you to look into!

Hot Spot for Concerts
Even though there are no major amphitheaters in Kennesaw, there are so many in the area! We have three venues all less than forty five minutes away! Did I mention we have Music Midtown happening only thirty minutes away? Being so close to Atlanta, virtually every band seems to make stops along their tour here! Also, Kennesaw State University has our own amphitheater in the Austin Residence Concert where we host concerts for our students!

Something Special You Need To Check Out…
This year we hosted the 7th annual Star-Spangled Spectacular. The Georgia Symphony Orchestra and “Back to School with von Grey” preformed a variety of patriotic song. It was a fun evening of celebrating this country freedom with friends.  This event is definitely an event you will want to look into attending next year! 
Basically, you will never be bored in Kennesaw! One of my favorite things about the school is the location of it. There is never a dull moment here and finding something unique to do is never hard! Whether you are a foodie like I am, outdoorsy, a music guru, or just a go-with-the-flow type of person Kennesaw has something to offer you!






Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Outside the Classroom: Sarah's Guide to Selecting a College

I hope all of y’all are having a good summer so far! Today, I want to write to all of the rising high school seniors. I want to talk to my readers a little bit about how to pick the perfect college for you. As I stated in my last post, picking a college is about picking what fits you best. Now, most of these posts about picking your college is going to tell you to pick based off majors, rankings, and status of the college. Do not get me wrong, those are the most important reasons to pick a college. Since you are going to read those reasons somewhere else, I want to share the top four reasons to pick a college besides the academic portion of the college.

Reason 1: Student Life

College is what you make it. In my opinion, a big part of what you make it includes who you make it with. Get involved your first year in college – easy as that! When looking at your prospective colleges, take a look at their student life website. See what kind of opinions you are given. Here at KSU, we have everything from academic clubs, non-profits, Greek life, athletic clubs, religious clubs, and so on. You do not want to look back on your college experience and the only thing you did was go to class and go to your dorm room as soon as that was over. Getting involved also expands your network. You never know, five years after your graduate you might be sitting in a job interview and the person hiring might have been in the same organization as you! Having connections can never hurt you.

Reason 2: The Dorms

Colleges now have exceptional living environments, but you just have to make sure you apply and get accepted early enough to be able to get in them. This is why planning ahead is crucial. When going on your college tours, check out all the options they have for living. Living on campus is one of the best decisions you can make about your freshmen year. You are going to meet so many more people than being in an isolated in an apartment off campus. Also, you are not going to have to drive as much. This will help save money on gas, and it will help you save time because you do not have to worry about finding a parking spot before class!

Reason 3: The Food

Let’s be honest, all college students are on a budget. And most of that time the budget is pretty tight. That is why making sure the college you picks dining hall is extremely important. When you are a freshman, you will be required to get a meal plan pretty much anywhere you go. You have to make sure you like the food so you can take full advantage of your meal plan. At KSU, our main dining hall is The Commons. Let me just tell you, it is the best place in the world. We have won awards for our food on campus! And we have fried chicken Thursdays. Do I need to continue? You get the point, any college dining hall is extremely important because that is where you will be eating most of your meals – so pick wisely.

Reason 4: The Area

With all this money you are saving by eating in the dining hall, you have to have somewhere to spend it! That is why going to school in a major city is awesome! Here at KSU, we have literally everything you could ever want around the school. We have endless options of restaurants and plenty of things to do on the weekends! Our campus is located within 10 miles of at least three movie theaters, one mall, one outlet mall, more places to eat than I could count, and so much more. Also, we are twenty minutes from downtown Atlanta! This means endless possibilities of entertainment off campus! Also, it means endless opportunities for part time employment if you want to work while you are at school. The actual campus of a school is extremely important, but the area around campus is also important. You are always going to want to have something to do off campus on the weekends.

Hope y’all enjoyed a little insight into some alternative reasons to pick a college! Picking a college is not just about one thing; it is about a whole package. Always look at all aspects colleges have to offer!


Monday, June 2, 2014

Our New Student Blogger: Sarah Fair

Hi Everyone,

I am so excited to be able to spend the next few months sharing my favorite experiences at Kennesaw State University!

First, let me tell you a little about myself. I am a senior at KSU. I am a marketing major with a minor in professional sales. I transferred to KSU last fall and it is one if the best decisions I have ever made! College is all about finding your right fit; unfortunately what I thought was my right fit turned out not to be. The reason I did not initially go to KSU was because I grew up here, so I wanted to leave home and spread my wings. After leaving home I realized just how wrong I was about not putting enough thought into going somewhere close to home. I visualize KSU as some uninteresting place just because I drove by it when I went to the mall – and I do not think I could have been any more wrong!


Kennesaw State offers countless opportunities to find where you fit in. My first year I have gotten involved in a non-profit student led organization, I was lucky enough to get a job on campus, and I have met countless new friends. Your time in college is about finding yourself and finding what you like. Unfortunately, I spent my first two year finding out what I did not like. Luckily for me, I have spent this past year finding out what I like! My first year at KSU has been nothing less than amazing!  It is the best fit for me and I am excited to share all the reasons I love KSU – which there are more than I can count!

Going forward, I am excited to share my insight into Kennesaw State University. We have some very exciting things in the work coming soon! If anyone has any questions please feel free to email me at sfair4@kennesaw.edu.

Best Regards,

Sarah Fair

Thursday, May 15, 2014

#KSUGrad: Caleb's Final Post

As my time as an undergraduate comes to an end, it is really difficult to recap the memories, experiences, and
opportunities I have been a part of. First of all, I would like to thank all of you that have read theses posts and have even contacted me with questions you have had.

To those coming in to KSU: Prepare for the time of your life. College is whatever you choose to make it, so take full advantage of the great resources, professors, students, and faculty this university offers you. Make as many connections as possible, and be sure to find a balance between your social life and academic life. Kennesaw State has so many exciting things happening right now that you are coming in at the perfect time. Enjoy your experience, and if there is anything I can do as an Alumnus to help you out, please feel free to let me know.

To those still choosing a college/university: I hope that the different topics I have covered have helped you in some way. Kennesaw State has many great things to offer, but ultimately you need to find the best fit for yourself and your career goals. Taking the step to further your education has already separated you from others, and I applaud you for that. Take time to examine your options, and again, make the best decision for you.

To the Staff and Faculty of KSU: I would not be where I am today without you. The professors have gone the extra mile to make sure I am gaining as much as possible from the materials. I have found many mentors within the professional staff at KSU and cannot express how grateful I am for their advice, guidance, and efforts to help me succeed. Being able to see and interact with high level administration on campus on a regular basis is not something that happens at most campuses, but it happens here. The Owl Nation is unlike any other because of what you all do.

To current KSU Students: Make the most of the time you have left. I never believed it when people would tell me “You’ll be graduating before you know it”, but it happened. Make the most of the opportunities here. Sometimes, you have to put in a little extra effort, but it pays off in the long run. Utilize the Career Services Center and the Alumni Association, there is so much offered from both of those offices that can help you reach your goals.

In closing, thank you all for the great time. I don’t know where I would be without this University, my fraternity, and the support from those closest to me. It has been an amazing journey, and I am looking forward to what comes next.

Until Next Time,
Caleb Buxton
Kennesaw State University Alumni

Class of 2014 University Scholar

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Choose Your Own Adventure: Deciding On A Major

At Kennesaw State University, I have been able to accomplish many different things, have some great experiences, and I have made some lifelong friends. I hope you have the opportunity to do the same, however, there is one more piece to the college puzzle I left out... the part about getting a degree. Trust me; I know just how intimidating it is to have to try to decide what to get a degree in because it is such a big decision. I figured I would share with you my experience on deciding what to get my degree in and hopefully it’ll help this big decision seem a bit easier.

My first suggestion is to stop thinking about money, and start thinking about what you’re interested in or passionate about. If you are pursuing something you have a legitimate interest in, I can tell you that you will enjoy your classes a lot more You will find more fulfillment in your experience over seeking a degree to make money and hating your classes...then potentially your career. So find out what you enjoy!

Next, I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the different services on campus. First Year and Undeclared Advising is a great place to start when it comes to deciding on a major. The advisers there really will work with you. Also, don’t be afraid to take some “Introduction to…” classes. You never know what you may find you had a talent for or an interest in.

Finally, the Career Services Center can really be a great resource for you even before you start looking for jobs and internships. You can talk with them about what job you would like, and they may be able to direct you to a certain major, They can also suggest a few different careers you never thought of that you could do with the major you already have in mind.

My major declaration has a unique story all in itself – but I will try to save you all the details.
I came in as a declared Communications major with a concentration in Public Relations. I wanted to work for a big agency and be the person that worked with the clients to meet their needs. However, I quickly learned that my degree would likely land me behind a desk typing press releases and development media kits as opposed to actually working with clients and the public.

From that point, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. I needed some electives, so I signed up to take “Leading in Groups” since a friend of mine had already signed up for it for the same reason. The first day of class, the professor talked about the Integrative Studies degree and spoke about how you can combine different programs to create a customized degree. That sounds cool right? I thought about it a little bit and then scheduled an appointment with the Career Services Center.

I talked to the adviser about the Communications classes I had taken and how I had found a program that allowed me to combine different programs. I wasn't sure what I could do with that kind of degree. We discussed different combinations and careers based on what my interests were and what my ultimate career goals were. In this meeting I was exposed to the consulting industry.

Today, I write this as a Senior getting ready to graduate in a few weeks with a Bachelor’s of Science in Integrative Studies with concentrations in Communications and Leadership Studies. I am confident that I am prepared for an exciting and enjoyable life after graduation because I have enjoyed the classes that have prepared me for this next step.

In closing, just remember to find what you are passionate about and something you really enjoy doing. There are plenty of people at Kennesaw State University that want to help you find that degree, that internship, and that job that help you reach your full potential – take advantage of that.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Owls Bringin' the Fight: Kennesaw State Athletics


The college experience is comprised of many different elements. In my opinion, one of the key elements to having a well-rounded college experience is the opportunity to participate in or support athletics. Kennesaw State University has been able to provide me with some great athletic events and has an even more promising future for the athletics department that all future students can take advantage of. Being a Division I school, I have been able to see some great competition. I have traveled countless hours to watch the Owls play; I’ve celebrated many wins and had to stomach some losses, but I can honestly say nothing compares to game day, no matter the sport.

So how does Kennesaw State go above and beyond to give students the game day experience? Once you receive your student ID card, you never have to pay to gain admission to any of our home games. You simply show them your ID, and they give you a ticket. Not only that, but the Athletics Department does a great job in making these athletic events interesting – I will cover a few of the things I have experienced throughout this post.
The Convocation Center, one of the nicest athletic facilities I have ever seen, is home to the basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, and dance teams. This is also where I have spent the majority of my time in relation to athletics. Kennesaw was able to host the Atlantic Sun, our home conference, Volleyball Tournament this past year, and let’s just say there is nothing like home field advantage when it comes to a big tournament like that. Kennesaw State Basketball has been one of my favorite sports to follow. I traveled up to Chattanooga to watch them beat a Southern Conference powerhouse, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I was able to take part in the “Silent Night” event where the entire student’s section stayed completely quiet until the team scored six points and then we stayed incredibly loud the rest of the game.

I have also been able to see our baseball team walk away with wins over Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia. I have experienced the Men’s Track and Field team win multiple Atlantic Sun  championships. I have also been able to be a part of a great expansion to KSU Athletics.
Fall of 2015, we add Football to our Division I sports, and yes I have already bought season tickets.

Football will be competing in the Big South Conference – a football championship subdivision. That means our first year of having football we are competing for a championship. It also gives students of Kennesaw State a unique opportunity. Students will now have the chance to truly leave their mark and create traditions. How many people will be able to say they were the first for Kennesaw State Football – the first members of the football team, the first members of the marching band, the first members of the cheerleading team, or the first students to take over the student’s section? I think that is an incredible opportunity.

Not to mention, we have recruited 29 student athletes for the football team and still have one more recruiting class to go before kickoff. Who wouldn’t be excited to see the Owls take over Fifth Third Bank Stadium for football? Plus on top of that we have a program playing in a competitive conference and we have recruited a strong team.





We are the Owls and we bring the fight. All through the Southland. All know our might.


Friday, March 7, 2014

Caleb Answers: Does Location Matter?

This question, I believe, does not get asked enough. In the grand scheme of things, your college years are a very small portion of your life – but this small portion has a very significant impact on the many years after it. I think it is safe to say we all know that the economy isn’t as great as it used to be, and I’m sure you’ve heard, “It’s not what you know it’s who you know”. That quote is what got me looking at the location of different universities and how that related to building my future.

If finding a good job after college comes down to whom you know, I wanted to put myself in a place that I could constantly be meeting new professionals and have access to many different networking opportunities. Consistently, Atlanta has been a rapid growing city in regards to many professional fields and industries. It is home to countless numbers of conferences, conventions, trade-shows and other special events.  To me that sounded like endless opportunities to shake hands with professionals, but also to be able to really learn about the industry and what the latest trends are within that profession.

Location also comes into play when you look at things like traffic, safety, and entertainment. I can also guarantee you that there are very few people that would love going to a university that had tons of traffic, a high crime rate, and had nothing to offer as far as fun things to do around it. If you are thinking about living at home and commuting, traffic is going to be one of the biggest things you need to look at. You don’t want to sit longer on the interstate in traffic than you do in a classroom. Safety is something you all should be considering. Find out about the campus security, the response times to incident reports, and just observe the area around the campus to estimate a safety level. Entertainment, I think, is very important to the college experience. If you are continuously stressed about homework, tests, assignments, projects, and whatever else you may find to stress about you will not enjoy your time. Ask students what they do for fun, look for different things around the campus that you would enjoy.

Location matters for a number of reasons, many more than I have discussed here today. I highly encourage you to start considering that factor when making your choice for where to get your education.


For me, Kennesaw State University was the perfect fit. I talked about the benefits that come with living near Atlanta. It is a hotbed of opportunity in relation to networking, internships, jobs, and entertainment. Kennesaw State University, however, also provided me with an area that doesn’t have tons of traffic. I normally can get wherever I need to go with no problems. I cannot stress enough how simple location may seem but how important it really is. Find a place that provides you with an area that meets you needs and expectations.

***If you have any questions or comments about this article please feel free to contact me personally at CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu****

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Caleb's Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your College Experience

This is probably the question that I hear asked most often by future students. First, we need to understand that everyone has different expectations and anticipated outcomes from their experience. For me, I wanted to try to meet as many people as possible. My mom wanted me to have fun but to come visit as much as possible, and my dad wanted me to study hard and keep my grades up.


From that, it is easy to see how for something that can so easily be summed up as a “college experience” can have many different definitions. In my four years, I have been able to get a better grasp on the term and hopefully this article will help you make the most out of your college years.

The best advice I can give any incoming student is to get involved. College is whatever you decide to make it. If you want to be someone who goes from your dorm to your class then back to your dorm, I respect that. If you want to be someone who is here for more than just the academic achievement, then step one is to get involved. I joined a fraternity and took a leadership role within Kennesaw State University Student Media during my first year. From then on, I just kept seeking new opportunities. Currently, I am involved in many organizations and it really is a great way to get engaged and get involved but what it also does is help you develop a network and contacts.

Beyond getting involved, I cannot stress how important keeping your GPA up is to getting the most out of your experience. If you GPA drops, you may have to move home, and this whole experience just slips away from you. Your academic performance is a very important factor; I mean that’s technically why we are all here in the first place right? There are many different scholarships, awards, honors, and jobs that look at your GPA. Make sure you are devoting time to your studies.


My final piece of advice is something I can say has had the largest positive impact on my time here: reaching out to the staff and faculty here. Stop by and talk with your professors during office hours, go by your major’s department and see what they have going on that you could get involved in. If you find a professor or class that is very interesting, don’t be afraid to speak with them about digging deeper in to the subject matter. I am proud to say that a few of the staff and faculty here have been instrumental to my development, and they are aiding in helping me figure out what I will be doing in my post-grad years.

As I stated at the beginning of this blog: college is what you decide to make it, everyone has their own expectations, and everyone has different ideas of what they want out of their experience. The beauty of it is you really get to create your own experience – I have simply provided you with what I found to have helped shape mine.

Hopefully this has given you some insight and really has you thinking about the experience you want to have.

Caleb Buxton


***If you have any questions or comments regarding this article please feel free to contact me directly at CBuxton@Kennesaw.edu***