KUWomenofDistinction

2012/2013

Alexandra Rose (Middle Right)

Alexandra Rose (Middle Right)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Mortar Board
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Order of Omega
  • Pi Sigma Alpha
  • Lambda Sigma
  • Up ‘til Dawn Executive Director 2012-2013

How I became interested in my field of study:

I became interested in Political Science during my senior year of high school when my I took an independent study course over political philosophy. The teacher of this class, Mr. Don Gifford, told me about political science and all of its possible applications after college, after that it just made sense to me. By then I knew I wanted to be a lawyer and political science seemed like the perfect fit for a pre-law woman such as myself.

An honor, achievement or accomplishment that is most meaningful to me and why:

The honor that is most meaningful to me is being named an outstanding woman in a sorority this past spring. One of my sorority sisters nominated me for this award and that means more to me than any award I have, or ever will, apply for because it showed me that someone appreciated all the work I put into our organization. I will be forever grateful for her kind words of support and praise.

Someone who has been a role model for me and why:

Kala Stroup has been a role model for me since the moment I met her. Not only is she a strong successful woman but she is also humble. I was not a confident woman until I met her. Kala showed me more support than anyone outside of my own family ever has, and from this support I grew into a woman secure in her abilities. Through her kind words and thoughtful actions Kala helped me to grow into the woman I am today and I cannot describe how grateful I am for her influence in my life. Our friendship is, and will always be, one of the most cherished in my life.

Someone who has been influential or had a significant impact on my life:

There is no single influential person in my life—my family is. I come from a family that is far from traditional in many ways but has taught me traditional Midwestern values such as loyalty, love, respect, and hard work. Without my family I would be a completely different person, and I do not think I would like that person. I jokingly say I have three men that will walk me down the aisle one day, my grandfather, stepfather, and father. As it turns out, this is not a joke. These three men have taught me how to stand up for what I believe in even if no one else will stand with me. All the accomplishments in my life are owed to the work ethic my mother and stepfather cultivated in me. My ability to enjoy life comes from my grandparents. Most importantly my five brothers taught me humility and compassion, without their endless taunting I would still be a brat today. I love them all dearly and want each of them to know they have made me who I am today. I am truly blessed to have the family I do and I thank the good Lord every day for them.

My favorite KU memory:

My favorite KU memory will always be looking out from between Blake and Twente hall to see a perfect, beautiful morning sky. That view has helped pull me out of exhaustion and stress more than once in my time at KU and I know it will continue to offer me solace. As Jane Austen once wrote: “To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure is the most perfect refreshment.”

An important life lesson I have learned:

Perhaps one of the most important life lessons I have ever had the benefit of learning comes from the Creed of Alpha Delta Pi: “leadership requires confidence tempered with humility and courage blended with tolerance.” Thank you Caralee Strock Stanard

If I had a sister just entering college, I would want her to know…

College is what you make of it! Go through recruitment (join my house if you will please) join clubs on campus and always try to stay involved. Going to class and getting good grades is important but grades do not make the woman, life experience does.

A favorite quote or saying and why it is meaningful to me:

A woman is like a tea bag, you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.
– Eleanor Roosevelt

This quotation is meaningful to me because it is how I perceive myself and who I want to be. I was raised to be tough and learned through my experiences here at KU how to be a strong woman, a place I hope all women find one day-- hopefully sooner rather than later.