University of Missouri – Kansas City

Name: Claire Engel
College: University of Missouri – Kansas City

1. What first drew you to UMKC?

I had traveled to Kansas City many times for soccer tournaments and always loved the city. Once while there, my teammates and I explored the college and I really liked the grounds.

2. What other colleges were you considering?

I was dead set on going to DePaul University. Then I woke up and realized that even with my scholarship, I could never afford it, and I didn’t want to be buried in debt. UMKC is much more affordable. I don’t regret my choice at all and I’m sure I’ll be even happier when I come out of school in two years loan free.

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

Pretty smooth. I missed some of the people I left in St. Louis, but I had no problem with the course work.

4. What was your favorite class? Why?

So far, I would have to say Introduction to Human Language. My professor, Dr. Stroik, was extremely engaging and it was the first class I have taken that has exposed me to entirely new material.

5. What clubs or groups were you involved in?

University News, College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, UMKC Ambassadors for Stopping Human Trafficking

6. Anything else you want to tell us?

If you’re looking at colleges, don’t have tunnel vision like I did. Explore all of your options and all of the schools you are considering. I missed out on a great full ride scholarship to my school that I was overqualified for because I didn’t apply, as I was too busy focusing on DePaul.

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

The diversity and the friendliness of both the students and teachers.

Claire Engel is a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep.

GSP and UMKC’s New Partnership

As a recent alumnus of the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law and a current employee of Get Smarter Prep, I was thrilled to learn that the two were finally going to partner up for an LSAT class. To me, it seemed a match made in heaven and something that should have happened a long time ago. Get Smarter Prep is well-known in the Kansas City area for its ACT and SAT test prep and its individual attention to students’ needs. UMKC law school is also known for its smaller class sizes and focus on individual students’ needs. The first class through the new partnership is in full swing and the class is set to finish right in time for the June LSAT.

Get Smarter Prep developed the material for the six week course and UMKC is providing the location as well as law school professors who are willing to work one-on-one with the students to help them determine what score they will need to get accept at UMKC. The law school professors are even willing to talk to the students about the other important aspects of law school admissions, such as the personal statements and their grades during undergrad.

I was fortunate enough to teach the first class of this brand new class this past week and I was extremely proud of each and every student after class. The first class was Logic Games and for most students, Logics Games are a struggle. In fact, when I took a poll in class, seventeen out of the twenty students raised their hands when I asked if Logic Games was the area they dreaded the most on the LSAT.

We started off the class rather slow but as the two hours went on, students became more engaged and the “light bulb” went off for some students who were really struggling at the beginning. The class as a whole worked really diligently throughout the two hours, which is no small feat when you are working on logic games after logic games. During our short break and even at the end of class, students were coming up to me to ask questions and were really engaged. I felt that our first LSAT class as a GSP-UMKC team was successful and I am looking forward to seeing the students’ scores after the six weeks of class.

If you are interested in taking the LSAT test prep through GSP and/or attending UMKC School of Law, please do not hesitate to contact me as I’m a strong believer in GSP and the results that can be produced from our test prep and I’m a UMKC roo through and through

Trisha McCulloch is a graduate of the UMKC School of Law and a Tutor at Get Smarter Prep in St. Louis.