University of Kansas

University of Kansas

Name: Michael Walrod
College: University of Kansas

1.What first drew you to The University of Kansas

I liked that KU had a solid liberal arts program along with a reputable business administration program at a reasonable price. I also liked that the student population was pretty large.  Having attended small, private schools since middle school, I felt I was ready for something different.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

The other college that I strongly considered was DePaul University in Chicago.  Going to school in Chicago had a strong appeal to me, but finally I picked KU because I believed I would get a strong education without having a mountain of student loans.

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

Going from Rockhurst High School, a small, private school, to a large, public institution was dramatic.  When I attended Rockhurst, the entire school had less than 800 students.  KU was probably close to 24,000 students at that time.  I was definitely a small fish in a very big pond.  It took a couple of months to get used to the larger class sizes and the larger student population, but I believe it gave me the opportunity to meet more people.

4. What was your favorite class?  Why?

My favorite class was Quantitative Methods, which I took my senior year.  I appreciated the ability to use all of the math and statistics I learned in prior years and apply the disciplines to real world business problems.  Our professor constantly challenged us to look at things from different perspectives before jumping to a solution.  This was probably where I was first exposed to data analytics, which I still enjoy.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

I did not join a lot of clubs or groups while I was in college.  I worked all through college to help pay for my education.  I really wanted to graduate without any student loans to pay off. It seemed that I spent all of my time on work, studying, and projects.

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

I was lucky enough to attend KU when the Jayhawks won the championship in 1988.  It was an unbelievable experience that I wasn’t sure I would ever enjoy again.  I feel fortunate that I was able to celebrate the experience again in 2008 – this time with my wonderful wife.

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

I love that KU draws students and faculty from all over the world, but maintains the feel of a small-town school with Midwestern values.

Michael Walrod is the Owner of Get Smarter Prep.

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