Meet Emily Meinhardt

Emily Meinhardt is a freshman majoring in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science and Industry as well as minoring in Leadership Studies. She chose these majors because agriculture is a big part of her life, but she also wants to be able to show her creativity in her future career.

“It is important for me to pursue a future career that would combine my creativity, my love of agriculture and my people skills,” Meinhardt said. “I realized that majoring in Ag Communications and Animal Science would allow me to best utilize my personal strengths.”

Meinhardt has always had a big passion for leadership. After taking LEAD 212, an introduction to leadership class, she knew that she wanted to minor in Leadership Studies.

“After taking LEAD 212, I began looking at leadership in different ways. This class gave me a broader outlook on how people interact and how to make an organization or just a group people work more efficiently together,” Meinhardt said.

On campus, Meinhardt is involved in Block and Bridle, an organization for students interested in animal agriculture. This past year she has served as a rookie representative and she has been elected to serve as the treasurer for next year. She enjoys being a member of Block and Bridle because she has made new friendships and she has become involved in the different activities the club organizes.

“The speakers at meetings have given me a broader outlook on the livestock industry and have increased my knowledge,” Meinhardt said. “I like how the club schedules both activity meetings and business meetings because it has given me both social and educational opportunities.”

Meinhardt has coordinated American Red Cross Blood Drives, as well as worked for Catholic Heart Work Camp where she assisted with basic home repairs and helped children with disabilities. She was also a Bulldog Buddies Mentor at her high school where she assisted her buddy with classwork and helped with fundraising projects.

Someone who has positively impacted her college experience is Alexis McCormick. When they first met on philanthropy day during Primary Recruitment, they automatically clicked and became friends. Since then, Emily has become Alexis’s little. Alexis has helped Emily with the transition from high school to college, from helping her find her classes to being there when she misses her family.

 

“Alexis always has given me the best advice whether it was about school or just everyday life. If I encounter an obstacle, Alexis is right there to help me through it. She made me feel immediately welcome here at Theta,” Meinhardt said.

Meinhardt chose Theta because it was where she felt most comfortable and at home. She also knew a lot about Theta since her mother and two aunts are also Thetas.

“During the week of Primary Recruitment, every time I came to Theta it felt like home. The girls wanted to get to know the real you. But the ideals and Theta’s initiative to always strive to make each sister the best person they can be is what locked me in,” Meinhardt said.

This summer, Meinhardt plans of working at the Kansas Department of Agriculture, along with attending many cattle shows and the Hereford Junior Nationals in Louisville, KY.

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Meet Cassie Bullock

Cassie Bullock is a senior majoring in Hospitality Management and minoring in Business. She chose this major after working at different event venues during high school, including haunted attractions and wedding venues.

“I fell in love with the constant interactions of guests and the changing atmosphere throughout the year,” Bullock said. “I decided I wanted to pursue hospitality as a career.”

With this career path, Bullock has many different ideas and goals for her future.

“My goal is to own my own event venue someday. My dream would be to run camps for kids in the summer and weddings in the off season, and I would love to have a music festival once a year as well,” Bullock said. “The sky is the limit!”

On campus, she is a Hospitality Management Ambassador and on the Leadership Team for a campus ministry. These organizations have given her many opportunities to get involved and meet new people.

“Being a part of the Leadership Team for my campus ministry has led to many opportunities like leading studies, meeting people from other campuses, living and working in Gulf Shores, and I have developed skills to carry with me for the rest of my life,” Bullock said.

Bullock did not think that Theta was the right fit for her in the beginning, but over time Theta grew on her. She became more comfortable at Theta, and realized that this is where she was meant to be. From random sledding trips to movie nights, Theta has given her many memories that she will not forget.

“Theta inspires me to be a better version of myself daily and has opened my eyes to the world around me. I have had the privilege to live life with girls I can truly call my best friends. We learn from each other’s strengths and respect our differences,” Bullock said. “Theta has led to late night conversations, spontaneous road trips, new hobbies, lots of chilling in the date room, and the dearest friendships.”

This summer, Bullock will be working at Westminster Woods Summer Camp as a Rec Coordinator.

“I am so excited to go back and serve in this new position where we spend our days soaking in the sun, sharing Christ with kids, laughing too hard, building new friendships, and getting minimal sleep,” Bullock said.

After this summer, Bullock will be moving to Orlando to participate in the Disney College Program, where she will get to work at the happiest place on Earth. Even though she is leaving Manhattan, the friendships and memories from Theta and K-State will never be forgotten.

“Thank you to Theta and K-State for being my home,” Bullock said. “You’ll always be a part of me. I cannot imagine college without the opportunities Theta has provided for me.”

 

Meet Heather Albers

Heather Albers is a junior majoring in Apparel and Textile Marketing, and minoring in Leadership Studies, Business, and Statistics. She chose this path because she is passionate about it and her mother also majored in the same thing.

“I hope to be a trend forecaster for a retailing corporation. Reading and interpreting numbers is something I enjoy doing so I hope to use my statistics minor in my career,” Albers said.

On campus, Albers is involved in the College of Human Ecology College Council, Apparel Textile and Interior Design Alliance, and Cats for Inclusion, and she is also going to be a Union Program Council Co-Chairman next year. Her community involvement includes volunteering to help the Animal Welfare Society in Manhattan.

“I like staying busy,” Albers said. “I don’t like having too much free time on my hands!”

One thing that has impacted her college experience is the Leadership Studies Department.

“The program has allowed me to grow so much as a person and that is something I will always be grateful for,” Albers said.

Albers chose Theta because her aunt was a Theta at K-State as well. She said that being able to share that with her is very special.

“I can’t imagine how different my college experience would be if I didn’t have all of my friends walking through this journey with me,” Albers said. “The women of Kappa Alpha Theta are one of a kind and I am grateful for every one of them.”

Meet Joni Sheets

Joni Sheets is a sophomore majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Leadership Studies. She was inspired to be a teacher by her father and the teachers she had growing up. A leadership minor has helped her expand her leadership skills and experience from high school.

“My dream job would be a kindergarten teacher back in my small hometown of Belleville. Kindergarteners are just so fun and I would love to be their first teacher they have for school!” Sheets said.

On campus, Sheets is an Education Ambassador. As an ambassador, she meets with potential K-State students and tells them about the College of Education.

“Being able to show my love toward K-State to potential students is something that I get out of being an Ambassador,” Sheets said. “To know that you can make or break someone’s college decision by the visit you provide is kind of intimidating, but if you nail it you could be the reason someone chooses to come to K-State and that’s really awesome.”

Sheets also volunteers as a tutor at the Douglas Community Center.

“It is so rewarding to help the children who attend weekly and build a relationship with them as I go. This tutoring is helping me gain skills I will need to be a teacher and reassures me that I chose the right path,” she said. “I love going to the Douglas Center on Tuesdays!”

On a college visit, Sheets met Shannon Caffrey, who soon became her best friend after coming to college. They have many things in common, including a passion for education and Theta.

“Shannon and I are literally the same person, with so much in common, and having the friendship we have is the greatest thing I could have asked for in college. She is somebody who would do anything for me and that is no lie.  I have heard that you meet your best friends in college, and before coming I thought that was pretty cliché, but halfway through my college years I know it is so true!” she said.

Sheets’ older sister, Jaclyn, is also a Theta. Her sister’s experience led her to want to be a Theta as well.

“I had seen the girls she had surrounded herself with in this organization and knew that those were the types of girls I could see myself being with as well.  Also, I just felt like I was at home when visiting Theta during Primary Recruitment.  The girls here are so genuine and make me a better person daily!” Sheets said.

Theta has had a positive impact on her college experience, from making new friends to random sledding trips with her Theta sisters. She has made even more memories this year while living in the Theta house.

“Living in this year has been a great experience for me and I would highly recommend it for anyone who gets the opportunity,” Sheets said. “You don’t only get to meet man

y more people who you might not hang out with otherwise, but if it is raining or snowing, you are guaranteed to have one of your sisters give you a ride to or from class, and that is pretty great!”