Why Wesleyan?

Crystal Fishburn '11

(One in a series of stories profiling students who chose Kentucky Wesleyan College. Check the links under "Why Wesleyan?" at left for more stories.)

My College Decision
I wanted to go to college, but I didn’t want to leave home. Now that was a dilemma. I was excited, yet terrified, about what I would do after high school. The thought of leaving everything familiar to me created a whirlwind of emotions.

During my junior year in high school, my parents and I began talking about college choices. I felt overwhelmed, but the decision was actually quite simple. I met two KWC admissions counselors, Lauren Werner Lee and Larry Nofsinger, at a College and Career Fair. They were friendly and helpful and piqued my curiosity about Kentucky Wesleyan.

My parents and I visited campus, took a tour, and I fell in love with KWC. The campus was beautiful, and everyone I met that day made me feel welcome. On our way back home to Hopkinsville, I announced to my parents, “KWC is it.”

I was accepted to Kentucky Wesleyan in September of my senior year. The Financial Aid Office was terrific, and they helped me apply for scholarships and grants. I was ready for the next step in my life and found myself both thrilled and nervous.

My First Semester
missed home. Hopkinsville was only an hour and a half away, but I felt like I was on another continent. Slightly introverted by nature, I became even more so as I struggled with homesickness those first days and weeks. I got involved in Campus Ministries, CROSS on Tuesday nights and BASIC on Thursday nights, in an effort to deal with my feelings. I began to make friends, and the homesickness lessened.

When I go to Hopkinsville to visit my parents, I refer to Kentucky Wesleyan as home. How did it happen? Because the campus is small, I had many opportunities to comfortably take part in many activities and find my niche. During the Spring Semester of my freshman year, I joined Kappa Delta sorority and got even more involved in campus life. I gained confidence and grew as a leader.

After four years, My KWC activities and honors include:
·         President of Kappa Delta sorority
·         Campus Ministries participant and intern, including leading creative ministries
·         Homecoming Court attendant
·         Alpha Chi Honor Society member
·         Order of Omega Honor Society member
·         Student Ambassador
·         Greek Woman of the Year
·         Business Administration scholarships and awards

I am now a senior Business Administration major with a Marketing emphasis and Christian Ministry minor. I will intern with the manufacturing firm, Thin Brick by Owensboro, my last semester.

My four years at Kentucky Wesleyan have been tremendously rewarding, and my college experience has prepared me well to succeed and serve others with confidence.


Kappa Delta Sisters . . .



Alpha Chi Honor Society & CROSS



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