Posted on Jan 30, 2014 in Alumni News and News
Alumni play an important role in helping to recruit new students to the University of Kansas, and the KU Alumni Association works closely with the KU Office of Admissions in these efforts. Each year, the Office of Admissions staffs recruiters to represent KU throughout the state of Kansas an in key territories across the country. We asked each of the admissions reps to share a little information with us so alumni can get to know them.
Today’s post features Elisa Krapcha, c’05, j’05, a native of Littleton, Colo. Elisa is the Colorado Regional Representative and recruits students from the states of Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, as well as the western half of Kansas.
What is your fondest memory of your time at KU?
I often think about the last semester of my senior year at KU— enjoying basketball games in Allen Fieldhouse, finishing capstone classes while looking for a job, catching baseball games at Hoglund Ballpark, passing time on Massachusetts Street and just trying to do everything I could in Lawrence before I was no longer a KU student. Then everything culminated on a beautiful day in May as I walked down the Hill with my future husband and a great group of friends, as my family cheered me along. It was the perfect ending to an amazing four years!
What clubs, organizations or traditions did you participate in as a student?
My interests and involvement as a student ran the gamut— I was a KU Student Ambassador, an Orientation Assistant, a member of PRSSA (Public Relations Student Society of America) through the J-School, a Mount Oread Scholar, intramural sport enthusiast (including one championship!), a student worker at the KU Rec Center, a member of the Crimson Crew (part of the KU football program) and most importantly, an avid camper for basketball games!
Name one class you think every KU student should take and why.
I learned so much from my Journalism 101 class, and think the messages of the class about critical and creative thinking is something all students should learn. Plus, I think the course teaches students to be more informed citizens and better evaluators of news and information, which is very important as the way we receive our news and form and share opinions is constantly changing (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, etc.), and it will probably continue to change!
When did you know you loved KU?
To preface, family means everything to me and when something catches on in my family, it becomes a part of us forever. During my freshman year, my parents came from Colorado to visit me for Family Weekend, which also happened to be Late Night in the Phog. No one in my family had ever attended KU and my parents had not experienced the traditions before. When the crowd in Allen Fieldhouse linked arms, swayed and sang the Alma Mater with such pride and passion, I looked over and my dad had tears in his eyes. He knew this place was special and could finally see in person why I thought it was special. We are now forever a Jayhawk family!
Describe your perfect day in Lawrence.
Wake up, go for a jog through campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, eat breakfast at Milton’s, shop downtown, enjoy lunch at Free State Brewery and Sylas and Maddy’s for dessert, shop some more, have an early dinner at the Burger Stand before an evening basketball victory in Allen Fieldhouse, and wrap everything up with a night on Mass Street with friends!
What’s the most important piece of advice you give prospective students?
I am always telling students how impactful it can be to go to college away from your home, specifically at KU. I often work with students who travel a good distance to move to Lawrence to attend KU, but I think this is also important advice for students that are from Lawrence, Kansas City or surrounding areas. Moving away for college allows you to step out of your comfort zone and develop a strong sense of independence. It lets you learn about yourself, your goals and ambitions and it expands your network of friends, colleagues, etc. You can still keep all your relationships back home with friends and family, and even return back home after college, but allowing yourself to go to a new environment and embracing that environment will change your life in more ways than you realize.
How do you show your Jayhawk pride?
I would say that within 5 minutes of talking with anyone, whether they’re a perfect stranger or even my mother, I bring up something awesome that KU is doing. Whether its academics, a neat student accomplishment, a hilarious positing from the message boards, a basketball victory, or something from my job, I am always singing the praises of KU. I show my pride by sharing how KU positively impacts the world and my life every day. That, and I never board a plane without “wearing my colors,” as my husband puts it. Sporting the Jayhawk and crimson and blue is typical Krapcha airplane attire.
Tell us about your involvement with your local Alumni Association chapter and describe how this network can help prospective/current students.
While I am not as actively involved in the local chapters in Colorado Springs and Denver as I would like to be, it is definitely a goal of mine to step this up! I know that alumni can help with KU presence at events KU Admissions hosts, like our Jayhawk Nights, and at college fairs around the area. Having alumni share their experiences with students and families at these events adds “real world” examples to what Admissions shares with students. If any KU alumni want to help out, they can contact Admissions and we will find a way for them to help!
How does your KU degree help you in your career and daily life?
While I think a college degree in general helps anyone navigate the world better and find greater success in personal and professional ventures, I think my KU degree specifically helps me think critically, have a better ability to see different perspectives on everything I encounter, and it has given me confidence and the work ethic to know that I can be successful in everything I put effort into. Plus, I expanded my basketball knowledge exponentially while at KU and you can really teach people a lot of things when they are watching a game. Do you know how many people don’t know what a triangle and two defense is?
Click here to visit Elisa’s page on the Office of Admissions website, which includes her recruitment territories and school visit schedule. Contact Elisa at 719.344.9986 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.