KUWomenofDistinction

Rosie Hull (Left)

Rosie Hull (Left)

Honors, achievements, and special recognition:

  • Leadership Studies Certification
  • Service Learning Certification
  • Capital One CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team
  • NFCA All America Scholar Athlete
  • Athletic Director’s Honor Roll 2010-2013
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Honor Roll, 2009-2013
  • Four year letter winner playing Kansas Softball
  • Co-Big Jay Award

How I became interested in my area of study:

I discovered a passion for human biology when I was 16 years old and had the opportunity to donate blood for the first time at my high school. I remember feeling such a sense of purpose by my donation and I’ve wanted to be involved in healthcare ever since. I had always been curious in figuring out how life functions, especially organs in the human body. Through high school anatomy and biology classes, my interest was confirmed. Human biology has been my passion ever since and I hope to pursue a graduate degree in physician assistant school in the near future.

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

In May, I was a co-recipient of the Big Jay Award at my softball banquet. This award is the highest honor my coach can give because it goes to the player/players that best represent the program and what it means to be a Jayhawk. Along this note, I have to say that my greatest accomplishment was hearing from my teammates and coaches at the end of four years of playing softball that I had a significant impact on the program, worked hard, stayed positive, and that I was a good person. At the end of my softball career, there was nothing else that would have made me happier.

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

My mother has been an amazing example in my life of one who strives to be honest, respectful, maintain integrity, set goals, and selflessly love her family and her community. Her life has spoken even louder to me the past 8-10 years as she has battled through cancer and several surgeries. She continues to persevere through trials and is determined to live a healthy life and not give up. Her will to fight will have a lasting impression on how I view circumstances and hardships in my own life.

My favorite KU memory:

The day of commencement was perhaps my most favorite KU memory. The morning was spent at the Phi Beta Kappa honor society celebration, and I truly felt that all my hard work studying and long nights had paid off. After, I walked through the campanile and down the hill with my close friends in celebration. I know I will cherish that memory and tradition for the rest of my life.

On the softball field, my favorite memory was when we beat Oklahoma on my Senior Day. OU, the number one team in the country, went on to win the national title that same year. I will remember that game and day for the rest of my life, not only for the win and the senior recognition after, but as an accumulation of four years of hard work to rebuild the KU softball program that lead to such a win as that.

When times get tough, something that helps me get through it:

When times get tough, I tell myself to keep fighting. Many times I fought to do as well as I could on a test or in a class. I fought to stay positive and bring energy to all 50 games of a softball season and to never settle. I fought hard in challenging off-season workouts. Yet above all, I remind myself to fight to keep my faith and integrity. With all this said, I know that if I’m giving my whole heart to the things in my life, I can walk away from tough times without regrets.

An important life lesson I have learned:

There is a time for everything. There is a time to buckle down and work hard in school. There is a time for rest. And there is a time to just enjoy life with friends. Finding a balance is key, but most importantly, one must remain positive and find joy in all the things. Life is more fulfilling when you strive to make a difference in the peoples’ lives around you. In my own life, I have learned that anything is worth your time if a relationship is built from it.

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

I’d advise a sister to get involved in something where she can invest her life in other people. Whether that is community service, a sport, a job, a mission trip, or living with roommates. If she can strive to sacrifice her desires or time for other people, she can change lives around her. In turn, she will leave college with a changed life and wonderful experiences.

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

“It is my deepest belief that only by giving our lives do we find life.”
– Cesar Chavez

This quote is meaningful to me because of the truth it has in my own life. If I strive to work hard or serve other people, everything I do has more meaning. I have found my most joyous of moments are when I am helping other people. I know that if I live my life by this quote, I will accomplish more than I ever dreamed I could.