Kallyn Conley is a junior at Albion College, with a major in psychology and minor in English. She is from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. She is the current president of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and a First Year Mentor as well. Kallyn enjoys canoeing in the Kalamazoo River, and she relaxes by watching Netflix. She is a good friend of mine, which is why I chose to make her the star of this student spotlight.
The answers to the questions provided are direct quotes from Kallyn.
Why did you pick Albion College?
I picked Albion because I wanted a small school. I get overwhelmed easily, and thought I would get lost in the crowd at a big school. Albion was the first school I toured when I was a junior in high school, and I loved it! So after humoring my parents with other schools, I committed to Albion. I felt “right” on campus and I felt like I could see myself going here.
What do you love about Albion College?
I love how Albion is different from other schools. We’re a small school where you pretty much know everybody, but you meet new people all the time. It’s really weird that way. Like, I just found out someone who I thought was in the grade above me is in the grade below me, and now we’re really good friends! Also our Greek life is way different than at other schools. I think 50% of our campus is Greek, which makes us an even more tight knit group of people. We are always participating in each other’s events and socializing with other Greek organizations. Being the president of my sorority gives me a whole new perspective on Greek life and how wonderful it is at Albion.
What has been your favorite hands-on experience?
My favorite thing I have been involved in is being a First Year Mentor. This year was my first year doing it, and I loved it. I personally had a hard time transitioning into being a college student, which I think made this job even more satisfying. It didn’t even feel like a job, which made it really fun. I got to be a part of the first years’ first moments in college. I was able to be that familiar face on campus and give them a smile when they needed it. I also was lucky enough to go on a trip to the big island of Hawaii with my first year class. That was the most incredible experience of my time in college. It was really amazing that Albion could give me the opportunity to go on the trip and give my mentees a really awesome send off into their second semester of college! I loved being a mentor and will be one next year as a senior!
What do you want to do when you graduate?
I want to maybe take a year off and travel a bit around the country or to Europe! That’s my dream. My reality might be a little different, though, because I want to find a teaching job in a high school somewhere and teach psychology!
What are your dreams for the future?
My dreams for the future…
Aren’t mapped out. I don’t want to focus on the future. I just want to live as much as I can and as happily as I can while I still have the time!
Why should a perspective student choose Albion College?
You should pick Albion because it’s like no school you will ever find! Teachers open their houses to students for dinners, and to babysit their kids! You will really get a hands-on experience here. The president frequently walks around campus and really takes an interest in the things us as students do. The personal flair of Albion College really comes out when you go here, I have no regrets about my choice to come to Albion.