Meet Aubrey Berning

Aubrey Berning is a junior double majoring in accounting and finance. She chose these majors because she likes the real life application of them. Berning also likes the straightforwardness and organization of accounting.

On campus, Berning is involved in Beta Alpha Psi, the Student Finance Association, and the Student Accounting Society.

“I’ve learned a lot about networking and what it’s like to work in the professional world,” Berning said. “It’s really fun to interact with other students in my major and to get to know them better outside of class. Of course the free food is always a huge plus too!”

Burning has been involved in the Manhattan community through her volunteer work with Schools of Hope.

“Basically I spent an hour a week helping an elementary school student improve her reading, writing, and math skills,” Berning said. “It was so much fun and I really encourage anyone who has time in their schedules to think about helping with the program.”

Someone that has positively impacted Berning’s college experience is her mom. She said her mom has been her rock and her sounding board throughout college.

“I know I can call her to talk about anything,” Berning said. “She will always listen and give great advice.”

Berning said she picked Theta because it seemed like a group of really genuine girls who cared about each other and had the same overarching values as her.

“I absolutely love CASA and the emphasis on being leading women,” Berning said. “I’m extremely proud of every Theta’s ability to have a conversation with anyone. We all genuinely care for other people.”

Through Theta, Berning said she has met so many amazing women with different strengths and personalities.

“Simply being around so many leading women brings out the best in me and helps me to develop parts of myself where I’m not as strong,” Berning said. “It also has helped me become better at interacting with people who have very different personalities and interests than myself.”

Berning said she has always loved learning about other people and what makes them who they are.

“Some of my best friends are my polar opposite,” Berning said. “We really have an environment in Theta where we can truly appreciate and better understand what makes every member themselves.”


Meet Ashely Strasser

Ashley Strasser is a senior majoring in secondary mathematics education. She chose this major because she had a math teacher in high school who encouraged her to pursue education.

“I followed her advice and here I am,” Strasser said. “She saw something in me that I didn’t, and I am glad she did.”

Her freshman year, Strasser played in the K-State Orchestra. She now helps out in the College of Education. Strasser is also starting to volunteer at Project EXCELL, a college experience program for adults with disabilities.

“Working with the College of Education has helped me to invest more of myself into my future profession and help me get even more excited to be an educator,” Strasser said.

Someone who has positively impacted Strasser’s college experience is Laura Tietjen in the College of Education.

“She was one of my first professors after I had been accepted into the College of Education and helped light a fire that got me where I am today.”

Strasser said she picked Theta because she felt comfortable at the house during recruitment and the girls had big personalities.

“Theta has shown me what it means to work hard not just for myself, but for others,” Strasser said. “I am not alone when I don’t know what to do or how to do something. I always have a home filled with sisters, love, support, and laughter.”


Meet Elizabeth Birkenmeier

Elizabeth Birkenmeier is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering. She chose this major because she enjoys math. Her dream job is to work at Honeywell alongside her dad.

“My dad is an engineer so I thought it would be cool to follow in his footsteps,” Birkenmeier said. “Seeing him be an engineer drew me to the major because he is hardworking and pushes through stressful situations. I aspire to be that way too.”

Birkenmeier said the older Thetas have had a positive impact on her college experience because they have shown her how to balance working hard in school and being able to make memories outside of school.

“The older pledge classes show you a little bit of everything that you want yourself to be like,” Birkenmeier said.

Birkenmeier said she chose Theta because while going through recruitment it felt like home.

“I knew I could meet women who would be my best friends and be there for me through it all,” Birkenmeier said. “Theta has given me people who can help me with homework, and also people who I can vent to.”

Birkenmeier’s favorite part about Theta is knowing she has a whole house of girls who have her back.

“I went through a tough time while recruitment was going on and girls had my back,” Birkenmeier said. “They helped me collect myself and showed me what a true friend really is.”


Meet Melissa Hollar

Melissa Hollar is a junior majoring in marketing and minoring in leadership studies. She chose marketing because it is so versatile.

“I can do a lot with a marketing degree, which allows me more freedom to find something I love,” Hollar said. “I would love to work for ESPN or The Walt Disney Company.”

One way Hollar is involved on campus is through her job at Call Hall Dairy Bar.

“Working at Call Hall has given me the chance to interact with the College of Agriculture and its faculty, K-State alumni, foreign exchange students, and prospective K-State students,” Hollar said. “I used to be in the College of Agriculture and I really miss the people, so having the chance to continue to interact with the college is great.”

Hollar is also a Victoria’s Secret Pink Campus Representative, and had the opportunity to go to headquarters and learn more about the marketing aspect of the brand.

“It really solidifies my excitement for marketing and gives me a great opportunity to network with possible employers,” Hollar said. “It is great being able to promote a brand that I love on campus.”

Additionally, Hollar is a class leader for LEAD 212 where she facilitates learning amongst  freshman students.

“I have just started this awesome position, but I can tell it is going to be a great semester,” Hollar said. “My students are incredibly eager to learn about leadership and I am so excited to share my passion of leadership. I can tell I am going to learn just as much from them as I hope they learn from me.”

Hollar said one person who has positively impacted her college experience is her Big in the house, Sarah Wood, because she was the reason Hollar stayed in Theta.

“I was so overwhelmed after recruitment week,” Hollar said. “She was my rock to go to and she has been my person to go to since. When I got to live in Theta my freshman year, I was so happy I got to live with Sarah! She always knew how to brighten my day!”

Another person who has positively impacted Hollar’s college experience is her Little in the house, Mayah Cohen, because of her spunky, goofy, and outgoing personality.

“She makes me remember to have fun and to live life to the fullest,” Hollar said. “We have gone through a lot together which has given us a really special bond. I love her to death.”

Hollar said Theta has given her the chance to meet many different women whom she never would have talked to otherwise.

“Theta is so diverse that you are always going to find someone that you can learn something from,” Hollar said.