Friday, May 8, 2015

Meet Your Admissions Counselors: Jordan and Nichole





Our Admissions Counselors at Kennesaw State do a lot of work behind the scenes to help you find your place in the Owl Nation. You may have met some of our counselors when they visited your high school or by coming into our office to speak to one. They work very hard to provide information and help you navigate the admissions process. Over the next few posts, I want to take some time introducing them to you so you can get a better idea of who is behind the scenes at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Jordan Stevenson
Associate Director of Student Recruitment | Dual Enrollment Admissions Counselor


Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
I enjoy working in Admissions because I have a learned passion for seeing students go to college and find their way towards their future. We, the Admissions Officers, have a unique part of these student's lives where we bridge the gap between their adolescence and their adulthood. What an awesome opportunity we have to make a positive impact on a student and direct them towards the right institution for them. I have grown to truly love working in Admissions and I am thankful for having the opportunity to serve students and families in this capacity.

Why should a student choose KSU?
Students should choose KSU because it is where they feel called to go to college. Whether they are called here because they grew up "next door," because of our fantastic degree programs that offer something for every type of undergraduate student, because they met with a professor in the Honors College and it seems like the best education they could possibly receive, because they came for a campus tour or athletic event and it just felt like "home," or because financially KSU makes the most sense to them and they will be able to earn their bachelor's degree for much less money than if they attended another institution, they should choose to attend KSU. KSU is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, and they go to school in a cool suburb of Atlanta that offers everything from creature comforts (Starbucks!) to outdoor activities (Kennesaw Mountain!) to the city of Atlanta (3rd largest business city in the USA!) is a huge plus!

What is some advice about preparing for college?
Relax.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
See question #3. Haha. I enjoy spending time with my wife and kids and doing something that my family enjoys doing like swimming. I also love music and I have played the bass guitar for almost 18 years now. I play in a few bands and I love being a part of the worship band at church on Sundays.

Nichole Bryant
Admissions Counselor | Transfer Admissions Counselor


Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
I like helping students navigate what can be a very confusing time.

Why should a student choose KSU?
KSU is a large university with a lot to offer many different types of students. Our housing and dining hall are luxurious. and the educational and internship opportunities afforded our students due to our location can't be beat.

What is your advice for a student to prepare for college?
I think students really get themselves stressed out when thinking about and applying to college. Starting the process much earlier would eliminate much of that stress.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Any free time I have I spend with my family.

Stay tuned to meet more of our Admissions Counselors in our next post!

Go Owls!
-Shelby

Friday, April 24, 2015

Meet Your Admissions Counselors: Jacinta and Eric

Our Admissions Counselors at Kennesaw State do a lot of work behind the scenes to help you find your place in the Owl Nation. You may have met some of our counselors when they visited your high school or by coming into our office to speak to one. They work very hard to provide information and help you navigate the admissions process. Over the next few posts, I want to take some time introducing them to you so you can get a better idea of who is behind the scenes at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Jacinta Luster
Admissions Counselor | Kennesaw State University Graduate | Freshmen Admissions Counselor

Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
There is nothing better than meeting students who are excited about taking this next step in life and I get to be a part of that decision. It brings me great joy to have a conversation with someone who is excited to be a part of the KSU family.
Why should a student choose KSU?
Kennesaw is a beautiful and friendly campus. I tell students, you have to tour our university because when you walk around, you will feel and see this is truly your home away from home. Kennesaw is a great place to explore and we offer so many opportunities for you to spread your wings from study abroad programs, professors with real-world experience and organizations galore, you will be one well-rounded student when you graduate from college.
What is some advice about preparing for college?
Don't over stress, but be prepared. You will want to make sure you complete admissions as soon as possible. Remember college is a time to grow and learn who you are as a person.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I enjoy my time ballroom dancing, spending time with my friends and completing my graduate program in higher education administration.


Eric Benavidez 
Admissions Counselor | Current KSU Graduate Student | Freshmen Admissions Counselor

Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
I enjoy working in admissions because I get to work with students during one of the most important decisions of their lives.
Why should a student choose KSU?
KSU is in an amazing location, the food is out of this world, the students are pretty chill, and of course, the Admissions Counselors are the best. But seriously, the food is legit and we're full of great opportunities for the students.
What is some advice about preparing for college?
Time management. Really, practice your time management skills. This will help you manage your classes, leadership and volunteer activities, and your workout schedule.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
My favorite way to spend time is by reading, playing sports, playing Xbox, eating pizza and occasionally karaoke to exclusively Enrique Iglesias and Nickelback songs (sometimes Lifehouse).

Stay tuned to meet more of our Admissions Counselors in our next post!

Go Owls!
-Shelby

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meet Your Admissions Counselors: Meredith and David

Our Admissions Counselors at Kennesaw State do a lot of work behind the scenes to help you find your place in the Owl Nation. You may have met some of our counselors when they visited your high school or by coming into our office to speak to one. They work very hard to provide information and help you navigate the admissions process. Over the next few posts, I want to take some time introducing them to you so you can get a better idea of who is behind the scenes at the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.



Meredith Head, M.Ed
Admissions Counselor | Kennesaw State University Graduate | Freshmen Admissions Counselor

Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
I enjoy admissions because it is the gateway to the next step in life. As an admissions counselor, I am able to make an impact on students to help them meet their future goals. It is incredible to think that the student I am helping today could be the next Steve Jobs or Albert Einstein.
Why should a student choose KSU?
Shockingly, I have never met anyone who said they were the first one to see their university, score the very first touch down. Nor have I met anyone outside of KSU who were "Founding Fathers" or the first to create an organization. The experience that a student has at KSU in invaluable and not like anywhere else. Students at Kennesaw do not have a cookie cutter experience, they have their own college career, original from any other institution. 
What is your advice for a student to prepare for college?
Enjoy high school, but remember college is a whole different world. When you arrive on campus, no one knows about your school nor how you grew up. Enjoy the freshness of college, make new friends and do something unexpected. If I could go back I think I would have joined the Sky Diving Club or the Women's Rugby Team! (Also, know how to wash your own clothes and how to put sheets on your bed. It's embarrassing for us all if you don't know how).
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I love to hike. If there is a hike with a waterfall... I am there! 


David Smith
Admissions Counselor | Current KSU Student Pursuing MBA | Freshmen Admissions Counselor

Why do you enjoy working in admissions?
I enjoy working here because of the relationship I have as a graduate and the people I get to help in my role as a counselor. 
Why should a student choose KSU?
A student has many reasons to choose KSU, most importantly the value of a first class education at a wonderful cost.
What is your advice for a student to prepare for college?
Be well prepared sooner than later so that you know exactly what you want and how to get there.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Volunteering and spending time with my family.

Stay tuned to meet more of our Admissions Counselors in our next post!

Go Owls!
-Shelby

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Ignition: Orientation for #KSU19

Congratulations! You've been accepted, you've signed up for housing...now what? It's time for Orientation!!! Orientation is required for new freshmen but is optional for transfer students.

When you attend orientation, you get to hear from different departments including financial aid, public safety, culinary sustainability and hospitality, and more. You will also get to go on a quick tour of campus before attending lunch at The Commons. After lunch, there is a tailgate with student clubs and organizations. After that, you'll go to general advising and then split into groups within your college to get an in depth advising session pertaining to your major. You will then register for classes, and receive your student ID! There's a lot that goes on at orientation, and it really prepares you for your start at Kennesaw State.

The earlier you sign up for orientation, the earlier you get to register for classes. Orientation also gives you a chance to meet student organizations and potentially find one you want to join. I really enjoyed orientation because it gave me a chance to meet my future advisers, make friends and have a better feel of what life is like as an owl. Your orientation leaders are current KSU students, and love the opportunity to show you what Owl Nation is all about.

Sign up for Orientation through your Owl Express account by clicking on the Student Services tab and then click the link for Registration.

Get excited, this is the start of your experience at Kennesaw State!
#KSU19

-Shelby




Thursday, March 19, 2015

Owl Nation Preview Day: Spring 2015

Thank you to all our prospective students and parents for coming out to Owl Nation Preview Day this past Saturday! We really hope you had a wonderful time and got a glimpse of what it is like to be an Owl. We got to hear from some of our faculty members including Rob Nolen, Mark Lawson and Dr. Michael Sanseviro. They answered many questions about housing and operations, The Commons and getting involved at Kennesaw State. We also hope you got a better idea of our academic offerings during the academic breakout session. The weather may not have been beautiful, but we appreciate the many families that drove hours to get to us, including Ohio, Florida and Texas.

To our #KSUsecret users, we have selected our prize pack winners (yay free stuff)! Keep an eye out in the mail to see if you were selected!

Preview Day on the Kennesaw Campus is held once a semester, and the Marietta Campus also hosts Preview Days as well. If you weren't able to attend this Spring's Owl Nation Preview Day, consider signing up for the Marietta Campus Preview Day on April 18, 2015. Owl Nation Preview Day: Fall 2015 registration will open in August!

Thanks again to all of our guests,
Go Owls!



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Monday, March 9, 2015

University Housing: A Total College Experience

If you're an accepted Kennesaw State University student, then you can officially sign up for housing!

Living on-campus is a great way to meet people, get involved in the school and live in a safe environment. Living on-campus also has its perks: free wifi, free cable, free water and electricity, and you can wake up 15 minutes before your class and still make it on time. Living on-campus means you're able to be independent and live on your own but have the security knowing you have a safe place to go and a dedicated Resident Advisor to talk to about anything.

There are many different options of floor plans for students. If you want to live with 3 of your friends, you have that as an option. If you don't want to live with anyone, that is an option as well. Be sure to check out the housing website to see which floor plan best suites your needs!

There's always something fun happening in the living communities. Dan+Shay played during the Week of Welcome this year and in past years we have had Big Boy and Bubba Sparks play in the Austin Residence Complex amphitheater. RAs host other events throughout the year whether it be a Scandal watching party on Thursdays, fitness classes, a resume building class or even crafting snow globes. There's always something going on in the communities.

Visit the housing page and portal to sign up for housing and see which community you will become a part of: http://kennesaw.edu/housing/





Tuesday, February 10, 2015

It's Official: The Consolidated Kennesaw State University


It's official! We have recently consolidated with Southern Polytechnic State University! This means that we are now officially one university. With this merge we have added many new programs and degree options available to all students. The three newest colleges that came from the consolidation are the College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, and Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology.

FAQ
Who do I apply to for the Fall of 2015?
     If you're looking to apply for Fall 2015, apply through Kennesaw State University's admissions application. The online application link can be found here: http://ow.ly/INW1F.

When do academic classes consolidate?
    Academic classes will be consolidated this fall. This means that students on both campuses will be able to benefit from the increased program offerings.

Where is the Marietta Campus?
    KSU's Marietta Campus is located in Marietta Georgia, 15 minutes away from the Kennesaw Campus. To get to the Marietta campus from the Kennesaw Campus you take 75 South and take exit 265.

Will I have classes on both campuses?
   Certain majors will be offered on both campuses although their department may be headquartered at a specific campus. This spring, a master list will be released with details about which classes are offered on both campuses. Whenever you sign up for classes, you will be able to see the location of the class, and you can choose your classes accordingly. In the event that you have classes on both our Marietta and Kennesaw campus, B.O.B, our transportation system, will run between both at certain times.

Can I tour the Marietta Campus?
    Tours are offered at both the Kennesaw Campus and the Marietta Campus. If you would like to see the Marietta campus, schedule a tour here: http://ow.ly/INY5f.

It's a perfect time to be part of the new Kennesaw State University! There's always something exciting happening here:


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Join Us for Owl Nation Preview Day!

Considering attending Kennesaw State University? Come see what life is like in Owl Nation during Owl Nation Preview Day. This is an event exclusive to high school juniors and seniors to showcase what KSU has to offer. Preview Day allows you to learn more about your prospective major, admissions and the unique opportunities at our university. You will also meet faculty and current students at Kennesaw State.

The day consists of a browsing session, academic breakout session according to major, an option to visit our University Housing and a complimentary lunch at our nationally ranked dining facility, The Commons. Owl Nation Preview Day is both fun and informative! You and your family can get an inside look at life in the Owl Nation.

Also, don't forget to use the #KSUsecret hashtag during Preview Day to be eligible to win an Owl Nation Prize Pack!

Preview Day is March 14, 2015. Registration is required, so sign up today. This is an event you don't want to miss. Register online here: http://ow.ly/I7gAW

See you there,
Shelby



Thursday, January 8, 2015

Start Fresh in 2015!

Happy Spring semester! Whether you're a new or returning Owl, you know that a new semester means a fresh start; new classes, new classmates and new opportunities! But there are also some important things to do before you can enjoy it:

- Order your textbooks: Login to your Owl Express account, and under the Student Services tab click on "KSU Bookstore." Through this link, you can automatically generate your required books based on your schedule. It is an easy tool to buy your books online so you can save time picking up your books. Remember that our book store also does a textbook buy back, so be sure to see if you can sell your books back at the end of the semester!

Buy an Agenda: It seems simple enough, but this is essential. As soon as I get my syllabi, I add important due dates in my agenda so I can always be prepared for the semester. Time management and staying organized are so important for starting and finishing a semester. Check out the bookstore for a great assortment of agendas. 

- Drop/Add: At the beginning of the semester, it is recommended to see your advisor. This can ensure that you're on track and you know what the next steps are towards finishing your degree! It's also a good time to go because if in the case you need to add a class, you can do so through January 13th during Drop/Add. 

- Pay for Classes: As soon as you finalize your schedule, pay your tuition. You may receive financial aid or scholarships, but always check your account for your remaining balance. You can check your account balance by logging into your Owl Express and under the Financial Aid tab selecting "View Account or Pay Online." You'll log in again and then you can see your balance. Pay tuition online or by cash or check at the bursars office. The deadline is January 20th. 

Be sure to get prepared so that you can fully enjoy the semester!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

#KSUGrad: Congrats!

Today wraps the Fall 2014 semester as grades are coming in, graduation ceremonies commence and we all get ready enjoy the holiday break before the new semester. Today, I was able to watch many of my friends and classmates walk across the stage to receive their diplomas. This includes one of our fellow tour guides and soon to be tour coordinator, Garrett.

We are so proud of him as well as the other graduates of KSU! Just think, in a little more than 4 years this could be you, Class of 2019. It seems surreal how fast it happens, but next semester I will be a #KSUgrad as well. After all, this is the reason we chose to attend college.

It's also important to remember that Kennesaw State University will be closed for the holidays from December 22- January 5. So be sure to stay up to date with the application deadlines and other university deadlines.

You are one semester closer to joining the Owl Nation! Enjoy the holidays, and eat lots of cookies.

- Shelby Huckeba