Kristen Keene is a sophomore from Wichita, Kansas majoring in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English. Keene has always known that she wanted to be an english teacher because she loves working with kids and the many aspects of English – such as grammar and literature. Her dream job is to be a middle school english teacher.
When Keene isn’t working hard in the classroom to be the one in charge someday, she is involved with Christian Challenge.
“Being involved in a campus ministry has helped make a BIG campus seem a little smaller,” said Keene. “This community has helped and encouraged me through the highs and lows of my time at K-State thus far.”
Not only has Christian Challenge been a huge encouragement to Keene, a particular friend has impacted her college experience.
“My life group leader and mentor, Caelan Blair, has been my Manhattan momma since day one,” said Keener. “She has encouraged me in my faith, challenged me to be the best I can be, edited my papers, helped me study, and answered countless questions about college life ranging from what time the football game starts or where a certain building on campus is to how to bake a pie and how to register to vote. I would be lost without her guidance and wisdom.”
Keene has had a lot of positive impacts through her college career and Theta is just one of the many.
“From challenging me to be the best I can be academically, socially, and personally, Theta has helped me in so many ways,” said Keene. “I have been encouraged and inspired by the women I have met within Theta to pursue excellence in my studies, give more of my time and effort to the community, and be the best me I can be personally.”
Even though Keene can’t remember her first moments at Theta perfectly, she is still thankful to be a part of the Theta sisterhood.
“Unfortunately I don’t know who it was that I was talking to, but during the very first round of recruitment my freshman year, I talked to a girl at Theta who said I seemed really chill about the whole recruitment process,” said Keene. “My response was something along the lines of how Theta also seemed like a pretty chill environment. After that, I knew Theta was the one for me! I wouldn’t trade the relaxed, easy-going environment of this house for anything. What a blessing it is to be a part of something that makes me feel so loved and comfortable.”
Here are some fun facts about Kristen Keene!
- Her favorite sonic drink is a Cherry Limeade (easy on the ice, though)!
- This summer she will be an assistant poll manager at Terradyne Country Club in Andover, KS.
- Her favorite K-State memory is: “It’s less of a memory and more of an ongoing thing: my favorite pass-time is to gather up a bunch of friends and drive around Manhattan serenading everyone we see. So if you’re out and about and you hear loud, obnoxious, and off-key renditions of High School Musical or Hannah Montana songs, there’s about a 107% chance that it’s me!”