Name: Gina Claypool
College: University of Kansas
Major: Mechanical Engineering
1. What first drew you to The University of Kansas?
The campus is beautiful — especially in the fall with the vibrant colors of the leaves, and in the spring when the whole campus is in bloom. I’m a die-hard KU basketball fan, so being able to attend the games was a bonus. Plus, with in-state tuition and academic scholarships, KU was by far the most affordable option for my family.
2. What other colleges were you considering?
Bradley in Peoria, IL, and Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO.
3. How was the adjustment from high school to college?
Socially, it was rough. I was a camp counselor in Colorado over the summer before I started college, so I missed orientation, traditions night, and all the other events that KU put on to help students get acclimated to campus. As a result, I didn’t meet a lot of people before classes started, and my roommate and I weren’t exactly friends.
Academically, the transition was great! I scheduled all my classes back to back in the mornings, so that it would feel more like my high school schedule. Since I had all my classes in the mornings, I was able to spend the afternoons working on assignments.
4. What was your favorite class? Why?
I enjoyed a lot of my classes. I had some great English honors classes (105 and 205), and I also enjoyed my prose fiction writing class. Another class I enjoyed was my Sociology class my freshman year, and my Environmental Policy class my senior year.
5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?
Some of the groups I got involved with was a choir at KU, called Genuine Imitation — the pop acappella group on campus. I danced with the KU Swing Dance Society, watched basketball with Neil’s Atomic Fireballs and Buddy Hawks (camping groups), and taught math through the Kansas Algebra Program.
6. Anything else you want to tell us?
Even though I had a hard time meeting people my freshman year, things got better. Since I was in a specialized major, I had most of my classes with the same core group of about 20-30 students. Studying in the engineering library can actually be fun!
7. In one sentence, what do you love about your school?
I love the opportunities that the University of Kansas offers to students with all different interests, backgrounds, and life goals.
Gina Claypool is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.