Kylie Metzger 

 
Kylie Metzger

Hometown: Salina, Kansas

Major: Secondary Education and English

Involvement:  

  • Christain Challenge
  • Fort Hays State Honor Society
  • Resident Assistant
  • Wiest Hall Council
  • Residential Life Association
 

Why did you decide to attend FHSU? I choose to attend FHSU because I felt at home here. I am close to my hometown and also have family in Hays. FHSU offered everything I was looking for, including great programs for English and Secondary Education, as well as low tuition in comparison to other schools.

What is your favorite aspect of DSP? My favorite aspect of DSP is the lasting friendships I have made with the other members. I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.

How has DSP positively shaped your experience at FHSU? DSP allowed me to immediately become involved on campus as a Freshman. I am constantly given opportunities to connect and network with high-achieving individuals and grow my leadership abilities.

What piece of advice would you give to new students? One piece of advice that I would give to incoming students is to get involved in a new thing. You aren't in high school anymore, so it's okay to expand your horizons and become engaged in activities and organizations that you weren't in in high school.

What five adjectives describe you best? Committed, trustworthy, funny, family-oriented, and forward-thinking

Cameron Rohleder -Associate Coordinator and Director of Marketing and Publicity

Cameron Rohleder  

Hometown: Hays, Kansas

Major: Physics and Pre-Engineering

Involvement:  

  • Physics Club
  • Physics Seminar
  • Programming Seminar
  • Intramurals
  • Fort Hays State Honor Society
 

Why did you decide to attend FHSU? I decided to go to FHSU because of the reasonable pricing, close proximity to home, and support I have at FHSU. The physics department is like a second home to me. I really like the staff and my peers help me explore my interests. They also help guide me by teaching and exposing me to tools that will make me more marketable to a future job. The main selling point I noticed as the year went on is that you can have one on one time with a PhD staff member everyday at almost anytime, and that kind of help in this field is just amazing, and you would not get that in most places.

What is your favorite aspect of DSP? My favorite part of DSP is that we came together from completely different backgrounds and can constructively think and collaborate on whatever the topic may be. Also, I really like how heads of departments and prominent figures at FHSU come to speak to our small little group. These are highly experienced people and you get to sit down and pick their brain, which for me is really eye opening and I learn well with that kind of setting.

How has DSP positively shaped your experience at FHSU? I have found a fast track to multiple of things on campus; most of which I never would have been exposed to. This gives me a leg up when coming in as a new freshman, and I am able to develop friendships and contacts that have already been vastly useful.

What piece of advice would you give to new students? To be confident. Know that you are a high achieving student and with your background and with a lot of work and fire you can accomplish something you could never have dreamed of. Also, do not take the beaten path, too many before you have done that, but you are more then capable to start a new way.

What five adjectives describe you best? Hard-working, respectful, benevolent, curious, and independent

Ryan Ross

 
Ryan Ross  

Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Major: Media Studies

Involvement:  

  • FHSU, Pep, and Marching bands
  • Concert and Brass Choir
  • KFHS Radio and Television
  • Theatre and Fringe Theatre Company
 

Why did you decide to attend FHSU? I decided to attend FHSU because of the radio and television programs, and the open-ended nature of activities.

What is your favorite aspect of DSP? The other members. We're awesome.

How has DSP positively shaped your experience at FHSU? DSP has provided a group that is understanding and refreshing to visit once a week.

What piece of advice would you give to new students? Don't worry, you're gonna be fine. Just don't stress yourself out too much.

What five adjectives describe you best? Outgoing, Sarcastic, Happy, Complex, and Involved

Michaela Sasse

 
Michaela Sasse  

Hometown: Gaylord, Kansas

Major: Biology with a emphasis in Pre-Medicine

Involvement:  

  • Fort Hays State Honor Society
  • Peer Mentor for the L3 Learning Community
  • Orientation Assistant
  • Anderson VIP Ambassador
  • Encounter
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Up 'til Dawn
  • Staff Assistant at the Robbin's Center
 

Why did you decide to attend FHSU? At the time, I decided to attend FHSU because of its great speech-language pathology department. While speech-path is no longer my major, I have found my niche in both the leadership and biology departments. The professors in those departments impress me on a daily basis, and I am glad to be involved with two departments that care so much about my success.

What is your favorite aspect of DSP? The group has definitely helped me grow as an individual, even though I have only been in the group for around a year. Besides the friendships I have formed with people in my freshman class, I have also developed friendships with the sophomore class, and they have served as valuable mentors during my time on campus.

How has DSP positively shaped your experience at FHSU? DSP has benefited me by allowing me to gain knowledge of valuable resources on campus that I may not have known about otherwise. Additionally, I have formed incredible friendships that I am certain will last a lifetime.

What piece of advice would you give to new students? Avoid staying in your comfort zone - it is only by trying new experiences that you discover who you truly are and what you are passionate about in life.

What five adjectives describe you best? Perfectionist, Joyful, Tall, Awkward, and Driven

 Lauren Wiebe
 
Lauren Wiebe  

Hometown: Wichita, Kansas

Major: Social Work

Involvement:  

  • Fort Hays State Honor Society - Coordinator of Academic Programming
  • Women's Chorale
  • Alpha Gamma Delta
 

Why did you decide to attend FHSU? I decided to attend FHSU because I like the size of the university and the cost. DSP was also a key factor for me.

What is your favorite aspect of DSP? My favorite aspect of DSP is having a group of peers that share a lot of my interests and ambitions. My time on campus.

How has DSP positively shaped your experience at FHSU? DSP has given me an instant support group and great friends. My involvement on campus is high because of the opportunities I've learned about through DSP and I truly feel established at FHSU.

What piece of advice would you give to new students? You may have a very strong sense of self, but strive to keep improving and growing. Take risks and welcome change!

What five adjectives describe you best? Intellectual, loyal, assertive, reflective and jovial

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