March Big/Little of the Month

This month’s big/little pair of the month is Allison Sears and Abigail Dressler. Allison is a sophomore majoring in family and consumer sciences education and Abigail is a freshman majoring in communication studies.

Allison said that her favorite memory with Abigail is when they road tripped to Kansas City for the Brett Eldridge and Thomas Rhett concert.

“We got to sing to the radio and have fun on the way there, and then the concert was a blast,” Allison said.

Abigail’s favorite memory with Allison was when Allison took her to sonic and they realized that they both have an obsession with Nick Jonas.

“That was when I knew I had to have her in my life,” Abigail said.

Allison said that the quality that she admires most in Abigail is her passion and love for life.

“She is always greeting everyone in her life with a huge smile,” Allison said. “The qualities I see in her make me want to be a better Theta and just a better person in general.”

Abigail said that the quality she admires most in Allison is her ambition.

“She strives to be the best that she can be at so many things,” Abigail said. “She is involved in so much and always has time to take a trip somewhere and make memories with her friends.”

Allison said that she was so excited to get Abigail as her little, and that she will never forget the look on her face when she revealed that she was Abigail’s big.

“It was so fun to give Abigail hints about me during big/little week,” Allison said. “I may have fibbed a little bit, but that ultimately made reveal such a great experience.”

Abigail said that she was the happiest person in the world when she found out that Allison was her big.

“Allison had lied to me all week with hints she gave me so I was sure that I did not have her as a big,” Abigail said. “Then when I found out that she had the other half of my puzzle piece I screamed out loud. I was so surprised! Best day ever!”

Allison said what makes Abigail a good little is that she is laid back and has brought out a motherly side of her that she did not know existed.

“We do anything from going to country concerts, basketball games and share a love for Nick Jonas,” Allison said. “I love all of the moments we spend together.”

Abigail said what makes Allison a good big is that she has made Theta a home and has made her feel like a part of something so great.

“She is the person that I lean on when my life seems like a mini tornado,” Abigail said. “She always has a smile on her face and that makes me smile too. I am for sure the luckiest little in the world.”


Meet Gabrielle Ciccarelli

Gabrielle Ciccarelli is a freshman majoring in nutritional sciences, pre-dental. She said that she chose this major because she has always wanted to go into the health field.

“I think it is just so rewarding to help bring others to a healthier, happier version of themselves,” Ciccarelli said. “So when I heard about nutritional sciences, I just knew it was the major for me. It combines my love of science with my passion of improving the health of others.”

Ciccarelli is involved with St. Isadore’s church, is a member of the pre-dental club and a member of the chemistry fraternity Alpha Chi Sigma.

“The pre-dental club reaffirmed my decision to go into dentistry,” Ciccarelli said. “The topics and presentations are all so interesting and the people involved are amazing. Alpha Chi Sigma has helped me see another side to Chemistry, which is not always my favorite class, and given me a new appreciation for it.”

Ciccarelli said that her Theta sisters have had a positive impact on her college experience by pushing her to strive for personal excellence.

“The second I walked into Theta it was like a breath of fresh air and I knew instantly that I had found my sisters,” Ciccarelli said. “Everyone was just so kind, funny and even though we just met, it felt as if I had known them all my life.”

Ciccarelli said that Theta has brought her out of her shell, and she cannot imagine what she would do without Theta.

“When I look back at my favorite moments of college so far, they all involve Theta and my sisters,” Ciccarelli said. “I am so excited for the journey ahead of me.”

Ciccarelli’s favorite memory at K-State is homecoming. She said that it was exciting getting to participate in the Greek community.

“It really made me feel like a part of the Wildcat family,” Ciccarelli said. “And winning was not too bad either.”








Meet Kathryn Githens

Kathryn Githens is a senior majoring in relational communication studies with a minor in leadership studies. Githens said that she chose this major because after she met with the head of the department while she was open option, she felt like a puzzle piece that had finally found the spot where it fit in.

“This major not only matches my desire to communicate and communicate well, but it also taps into my desire to know and understand people better,” Githens said. “It goes beyond creating communication and studies why it is an integral part of our lives and how it effects everything.”

After she graduates, Githens said that she will be going on the World Race. Githens will be backpacking and camping through Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean.

“While on the World Race I will be doing things like sharing the gospel, holding church services, teaching in schools, building and construction projects and much more,” Githens said.

After she returns from the World Race, Githens said that she plans on going to grad school at Arizona State University to pursue her PhD in Intercultural Communication Studies.

Githens is involved in a church community on campus known as Ichthus. She also works at the Beach Museum of Art on campus where she helps with events and learns about the galleries and current exhibits.

“Ichthus gave me a home and a community that challenges me to be a better person and to get to know others who may not be in my initial circles at K State,” Githens said. “Working at the Beach Museum has encouraged my affinity for art and helped expand my knowledge on art. I have also had the opportunity to create relationships and networks that will help me in the future.”

Githens said that every Thursday she goes to Ogden and volunteers at the Youth Group they host at the Community Center.

“We play games and teach God’s word,” Githens said. “I was even able to teach Romans to them a few weeks back. I have grown to know those kids really well and love them very much.”

Githens said that what she will miss most about Theta is the people and the opportunity to meet the most unique, genuine, and kind women at Kansas State.

“If it was not for Theta I probably would have transferred back to Texas after my freshman year,” Githens said. “From an amazing Theta family to friends who brought me into their church community, I have been continuously loved on and cared for by the women of Kappa Alpha Theta in the most genuine and sincere ways. Theta provided me the opportunity to make Manhattan truly feel like home.”