After attending University High School in Normal, IL, Kathleen chose IWU for the caliber of education she knew she would receive. She knew she wanted to go to a small school but many of the towns where schools IWU's size are located are tiny; she thought Illinois Wesleyan offered her a small college experience in a big college town. Kathleen was also attracted to the small class sizes and personal relationships she would be able to develop with her professors as a result.
Kathleen coaches girl's basketball at a local high school and is currently interning with Big Brothers Big Sisters and State Farm. She is involved on campus with the Student Education Association, Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Beta Delta, College Democrats, and coaching. She likes to hang out at her house or in the residence halls on campus with friends, watch movies, read, walk around downtown Bloomington, go out to eat, and go bowling or putt-putt golfing. Her favorite memory from her own orientation is Real World 101. She says it was an educational experience about some of the pitfalls of college put on in a humorous manner, and she thinks it was a message that was well-received by First Year students.
Kathleen's advice for new students:
Get involved in as much as you can and try to meet as many different people as you can. Don't be content to stay in a shell all four years of college. Instead, be open to every opportunity that comes your way because each one brings along a possibility for personal growth and development.