Meet Maggie Salisbury

Maggie Salisbury is a senior majoring in elementary education and minoring in leadership studies. She chose this major because she enjoys helping others.

“The deciding factor of making this decision was my freshman year Leadership Studies teacher,” Salisbury said. “He told us, “Figure out what makes your heart beat.” For me, working with kids, helping them grow, and providing them with a safe place is what makes my heart beat.”

Salisbury is involved with the Staley School of Leadership Studies, the College of Education, and the Boys and Girls Club in Manhattan.

“All of the activities I have been involved in here at K-State have helped shape me into the person I am today,” Salisbury said. “These programs have allowed me to catch a glimpse of what I will be doing after I graduate and I am so thankful.”

Salisbury works the after school programs for the Boys and Girls Club.

“I love my job because I get to work with a variety of students and parents in the Manhattan community,” Salisbury said. “It is awesome!”

Salisbury said the people who have had the largest impact on her life while at K-State have been the older members of Theta.

“When I was a freshman and a sophomore, I was unsure of what major and clubs I wanted to get involved in, Salisbury said. “They really opened my eyes and encouraged me to never give up or settle for anything that does not make me happy.”

Salisbury said she chose Theta because of its diversity and the genuine love that everyone has for each other.

“Without Theta, I would not have met my lifelong friends or branched out,” Salisbury said. “These girls push me to be the best version of myself and I only hope that it continues.”

 

 

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Meet Sydney Markley

Sydney Markley is a junior majoring in biology/pre-medicine with a minor in business. This summer, she studied abroad at John Cabot University in Rome, Italy.

Along with taking two classes, she visited many ancient monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, and the Trevi Fountain.

“Almost every weekend I traveled to a different place in Italy,” Markley said. “I traveled to the city of Florence twice and to Montepulciano to learn about wine making,” Markley said. “I also spent a day in the small town of Assisi touring many famous churches.”

While in Rome, Markley lived in an apartment in the Trastevere neighborhood with five other girls who were studying at the same university.

“It was a lot of fun, but the only downside was that there was no air conditioning,” Markley said.

Markley said her favorite part of the summer was getting to travel to Italy and experience the culture.

“I had never been out of the country before, but it was the best experience of my life,” Markley said.

Something that Markley learned this summer is how to adapt to new situations.

“Adjusting to a different culture was difficult, but very rewarding because it allowed me to relate to the Italian citizens and their customs,” Markley said. “My summer experience taught me to be accepting of others because we all come from different backgrounds.”

Markley said over the summer she missed being able to see all her sisters who she became close with during the school year, hanging out at the Theta house, and all of the random Sonic and Cold Stone trips with her sisters.

“I am really looking forward to living in Theta this upcoming year so I can become closer with more girls in our sorority,” Markley said. “I also loved homecoming. I am really looking forward to participating in that again this year.”

 

Meet Amy Prieb

Amy Prieb is a junior majoring in industrial engineering and minoring in business. This summer, she is interning at Textron Systems, a defense contractor for the government in Baltimore, Maryland.

“I am working to improve the production of microelectronic modules used in the military test and simulation equipment,” Prieb said. “I have had the opportunity to implement new procedures, ensure the manufacturing floor is operating to strict government health and safety requirements, and complete a summer long project regarding how low cost but high usage parts are ordered.”

This summer, Prieb learned that she would really love to live away from home after she graduates.

“As much as I value and appreciate growing up in Kansas, I now know I can handle being away from my family and friends while maintaining healthy relationships with them,” Prieb said. “Being close to multiple big cities always provides a new adventure or place to explore, which I have began to truly appreciate.”

Prieb said that her favorite part of summer has been being pushed outside of her comfort zone.

“I was forced to make all new friends, learn how to navigate an unfamiliar part of the country, and apply concepts I have learned in my classes,” Prieb said. “I have also learned that I love crab cakes.”

She has enjoyed being able to travel along the coast and experience things like Washington, D.C. on the Fourth of July, day beach trips to the Atlantic, and eating Maryland’s famous blue crab.

Prieb said that the hardest part of summer has been working 40 hour weeks and being 18 hours away from Fuzzy’s.

“Living on my own and doing work similar to what I will be doing in the future has shown me a glimpse into my future, and I don’t hate it,” Prieb said. “I have found that an office can be a lot of fun. It has also made me realize I can achieve anything I set my mind to. I have been motivated and encouraged to continue to aspire for big things because of my experiences this summer.”

Prieb said that she has missed living with her best friends in the house, the sisterhood shown at chapter, Chef T’s amazing food, and seeing Thetas on campus while walking to class.

“I am looking forward to living in the house again,” Prieb said. “It is so awesome to see new friendships form over brushing teeth in the bathroom, or Say Yes to the Dress marathons,” Prieb said. “I am excited to get to know more women from the member class below me.”