Meet Taylor Duff

Taylor Duff is a sophomore majoring in animal science. With her animal science degree, she wants to be a veterinarian. ​​
“As a kid I always wanted to be a vet, and as I continued through high school I realized becoming a vet was a real possibility,” Duff said. “I absolutely fell in love with the profession and can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”​
On campus, Duff is involved in the running club as well as Theta. Through these organizations, she has met many different people.
“I’ve gotten to meet so many people outside of my major and am constantly reminded that it’s okay to take a break from studying whether it’s running or watching Netflix on a Thursday night eating Chef T’s queso,” Duff said.​
Someone who has made a difference for Duff is her academic advisor, Teresa Douthit.
“Even though I never know where my life is going when I go to see her, I always come out feeling very reassured and confident,” Duff said.​
Duff chose Theta because she had easy conversations on preference day and felt relaxed on the most stressful day of recruitment week.
“Theta has been an essential part of forming friendships at K-State,” Duff said. “Theta has surrounded me amazing people and given me the opportunities to do what I love with a strong support system.”

Here are some fun facts about Taylor Duff!
• She taught herself to juggle
• She recently signed up to volunteer with Purple PAWS
• Her favorite Sonic drink is a Powerade slush
• Her dream job is being a princess at Disney World!

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Meet Kelli Ward

Kelli Ward is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering. She chose this major because she has always loved solving problems and taking things apart to figure out how they work. Her grandfather also majored in engineering at K-State.

“I see being an engineer as a chance to use the talents I’ve been given to tangibly benefit society,” Ward said.

Ward has enjoyed being involved in Theta this semester, and she is planning on joining a design team through the College of Engineering soon.

“I’m excited to get involved in a design team or something else with engineering because I’m sure it will give me a lot of good hands-on experience to see what I enjoy doing in terms of possible future careers,” Ward said.

Primary recruitment can be stressful for most women, but Ward found somewhere she felt comfortable and welcome at Theta. Her involvement in Theta has helped ease the transition to college.

“Theta has given me a second family and a home away from home,” Ward said. “I know that if I ever want someone’s company, even if it’s just for a Walmart run, my sisters are there for me.”

Here are some fun facts about Kelli Ward!

  • Her favorite K-State memories so far have been at football games.
  • Her favorite Sonic drink is peach green tea.
  • She has worked with foster kids the last two summers!

Meet Alaycia Ryan

Alaycia Ryan is a senior majoring in food science. She chose this major because she wanted to be in the College of Agriculture, but was not exactly interested in plants, animals, or business. After speaking to someone she looks up to about food science, she became interested.

“As soon as I found out we get to make cookies in class, I was sold,” Ryan said. “I like learning about food in a new way and I love sharing what I have learned with others.”

Ryan’s dream job is to be an auditor for food production facilities.

“Even though going through an audit can be stressful for employees, it can be very beneficial identifying any errors in their production can be found and corrected. Ultimately, I would feel very accomplished knowing that I am helping ensure the safety of the food people eat every day,” Ryan said.

On campus, Ryan is involved in the Food Science Institute, the Kansas Value Added Food Lab, and the College of Agriculture. Through these experiences, she has met many people with similar interests as her.

“Surrounding myself with people that have similar goals and interests has been very beneficial for me,” Ryan said. “They encourage and inspire me to do my best and try do the same for others.”

Someone who has positively impacted Ryan’s college experience is a food sciences professor, Dr. Aramouni. Ryan had the opportunity to take some of his classes and work for him.

“He is the most generous person I have ever met, and he really cares about his students and their success,” Ryan said.

Ryan chose Theta after a special conversation with a friend on preference day. Emily Beneda, the woman that encouraged Ryan to pursue food science, told Ryan about her Theta experience, and Ryan was sold. Since then, Theta has given Ryan perspective and many women to call not only her sisters, but also her friends.

“In Theta, I am surrounded by friends with different backgrounds, opinions, interests, and personalities. I have learned so much from them and I am so thankful for their sisterhood,” Ryan said.

Here are some fun facts about Alaycia Ryan!

  • Her favorite Sonic drink is a cranberry Sprite
  • She is graduating in December and will be working in quality assurance and food safety at a meat processing facility
  • Her hobbies include watching movies, crocheting, and listening to audiobooks and podcasts
  • Her favorite K-State memory is watching Sky High in the Theta dining room during finals week