Biography in Brief
Kelly graduated in 2011 with a B.A. in Communication Studies. She was raised in Northern Texas, attended high school in Singapore, and finished her high school education in Boise, Idaho. She worked as a student in the Office of Admission for her entire undergraduate career, and is excited to continue working in Admission as a counselor. At Chapman, she began her freshman year as a Vocal Performance major in the Conservatory of Music, and switched to Communication Studies her sophomore year. Her junior year she spent a semester abroad studying at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. She interned at Universal Music Group and M.T.V. acquiring valuable skills and life lessons, before deciding to embark on the route of Higher Education. She plans on obtaining a Masters in Communication Sciences and Disorders at the Chapman University College of Education Studies in the near future.
Advice from Kelly
When I was in high school, I had my entire life planned out. I was dead set on going to a Conservatory of Music, doing Vocal Performance my whole four years, and then going on to become an opera singer. Numerous people told me I would probably change my major a few times, and I completely dismissed them. I changed my major twice after my freshman year of college. I would definitely advise students to go to a four year liberal arts school, where they can take classes outside of their concentration. It gives new perspectives on life, and broadens your horizons. College is a time where you are trying to find yourself, and that may mean changing your viewpoint on what you want to do in life.
Kelly's favorite spot on campus
My favorite place on campus is the Atallah Piazza. It’s basically the center of the school. It’s a fantastic place to people watch, to meet up with friends in between classes, or a perfect time to sit and read when the weather is nice (which it often is). We are lucky to have such a beautiful campus, and I would highly recommend prospective students to visit and see for themselves!
Kelly's best admission memory
Many of my best admission memories stem from the tours I gave at Chapman. I always loved when current students would approach me on campus and tell me that I gave them their tour of the school. One of my favorite moments of this, was when a freshman began working in the Admissions Office when I was a sophomore, told me that I gave his tour of the campus, and that he still remembered my bad jokes.
From Our Application - Fast Facts
Three Words to Describe Yourself: quirky, empathetic, and imaginative
Favorite Subject: Religion
Role Model: Tina Fey is one my role models. I just finished reading her autobiography, Bossypants, and admire her. She has made a name for herself in a male dominated profession. Also, she is hilarious.
Favorite Musical Performer/Band/Composer: Very hard to choose, but I’ll say Fleetwood Mac, Feist, Bon Iver
Most Prized Possessions: My stuffed bear named Teddy that my dad gave me when I was born.
Favorite Summer Activities: Reading is one of my favorite summer activities; I love to read. I also enjoy an impromptu game of whiffle ball.
Book You Would Read Again: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Also, The Trial by Franz Kafka.
Best Movies of All Time: Annie Hall, Wet Hot American Summer, and Love Story
Favorite Quote (and by whom): “Always do what you’re afraid to do”- Emerson
Dream Job: SNL writer, but I would have to be much funnier, and a much better writer.