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.