Kelsey McKinnis '13
Hometown: Ashland, Oregon
High School: Ashland High School
Major: Exercise Science
Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
Puget Sound offered me a chance to continue playing basketball while also furthering my education in pursuit of a career in physical therapy. While I wasn’t ready to give up basketball completely, I knew that it would never be my profession, and therefore education was extremely important. I liked the idea of the school and staying in the Pacific Northwest, but when I visited campus I was sold.
What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
I really enjoyed having Steven Neshyba for Chemistry 111. I would rarely refer to chemistry as “fun”, but “Nesh” made class so interesting and enjoyable. I actually found myself looking forward to chem class! Nesh really connects with his students and cares so much about their understanding of the material. Once, he even came in on a Sunday afternoon to guide us through a study session before an exam.
What has been your favorite class?
I absolutely loved the Human Anatomy course, which I took my sophomore year. I think the body is fascinating and learning all about how it works was so interesting. Our school also receives two human cadavers each year that are utilized by the Anatomy course. The fact that a school this size offers this type of learning tool is incredible. I enjoyed the course so much that I now work as a lab assistant for the class!
What campus activities do you participate in?
Varsity Women’s Basketball, Campus Visit Program, Gamma Phi Beta, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Exercise Science Club, Relay for Life, and Luau.
What is your favorite place on campus?
Oppenheimer Café. I literally go there everyday. Fast, delicious coffee and a great atmosphere!
What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
Although I do eat meat, I really enjoy the vegetarian station at the Diner. They switch it up between a variety of delicious entrées, some of my favorites being vegan chili, quesadilla bake, and thai peanut lettuce wraps!
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
Learn to be productive during odd hours in the day. Coming out of high school, most students aren’t accustomed to having 1-2 hour breaks in the afternoons between classes. It’s a new concept to study for an hour from noon to one, but if you can be productive in these little breaks in your schedule you can save yourself an hour of studying late at night.
What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
How comfortable and convenient yoga pants/leggings are. Girls: save yourself the trouble and go get a pair now. They will become your best friend…
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
A ’91 Chicago Bulls game, to witness Michael Jordan in his prime.
Or having a flash mob happen around me in real life. That would be so unexpected and exciting.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?
Anything live by Dave Matthews Band.
If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?
Tom Hanks from Cast Away. Clearly, we would survive.