Austin Motley
Kansas State University
College of Engineering
Major: Mechanical Engineering
  1. What first drew you to Kansas State University?

Growing up I had always thought I would go to a private Christian college like my both of my parents and my sister before me. However, engineering was not offered or not very prominent at any school that I was considering so I had to broaden my horizons. I began doing campus visits to several state schools. As soon as I walked onto campus at KSU I knew it was the right place for me. I loved the atmosphere. Everyone was so friendly and every interaction I had with professors gave me a sense that I already belonged there. After graduating, I know that it was a great school that provided me with so many opportunities.

  1. What other colleges were you considering?

In my early search I looked at private colleges such as Olivet Nazarene University. Later I looked at state schools in the Midwest that offered in-state tuition to Kansas residents.

  1. How was the adjustment from high school to college?

For me the change was not as challenging as it is for many others. For one I was only 2 hours from home. This was the perfect distance for me; It was close enough to visit, but far enough away to feel independent. The best thing is to get involved early. I had already made several friends in band before my first semester had started and that made a huge difference.

  1. What was your favorite class? Why?

I can’t pick just one so I guess I’ll pick my top two. For my engineering related classes I loved my senior project. This was a yearlong course where we were assigned a project to work with a sponsoring company to complete different projects in groups of 4 to 5. We went through the entire project to do a proof of concept for some really cool up and coming technology. (I can’t say much more than that without a 3 page essay.) I loved getting to be so involved in such a unique project.

Secondly I loved being in a part of the Kansas State University Marching Band for four seasons. It was an amazing experience to be in one of the best bands in the nation.  (Received the Sudler Award during my senior year) Also I got to travel the country on bowl trips every year. The comradery of this group is unlike anything and I would hope everyone gets to experience something like it at least once in their lives.

  1. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

Kansas State University Marching Band
Powercat Motor Sports
RA at Goodnow Hall (pronounced Good know)
Tutor for incoming Mechanical Engineering Freshmen

  1. Anything else you want to tell us?

Don’t pick the college you want to attend based solely on tradition or money. Talk to real people on the campus and find out what you absolutely must have to enjoy your college experience. For me, I had to find a place that could feel like home. And I found everything I wanted and more in the “Little Apple”.

  1. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?

KSU is filled with leaders of great character that will inspire you, students and staff alike.