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Kyle Long

Hometown: Elizabeth, CO
High School: Elizabeth High School
Majors: Communication Studies, Vocal Performance

Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
I chose Puget Sound for three main reasons. In all honesty, I wanted to study everything and the Liberal Arts education provided me with the ability to explore varying academic departments and activities. Secondly, I knew I wanted to remain involved with music, whether that was through musical theater or choir, and the Conservatory-level of education provided by our School of Music was certainly a determining factor in my choosing Puget Sound. Finally, the people at Puget Sound are truly remarkable. I love the familial experience I have had being involved on campus. Through programs like our Orientation program it has become obvious to me that Puget Sound students are uniquely welcoming, inviting, and comforting.

What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Professor Susan Owen, of the Communication Studies department, has ultimately changed the way I think about life. She has made me very aware of my actions in regards to intentionality verses actual impact. I have taken a few media classes with her and through those classes she has contributed to my love for zombies, my interest in cinema, and my ambition for life. 

What campus activities do you participate in?
Last year I had the privilege of serving as one of four student coordinators for Puget Sound’s esteemed Orientation program. Additionally, I participate as a student senator, I sing in the Adelphian Concert Choir, I am honored to be a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and I perform with Garden Level, the men’s acappella group. Lastly, I am looking forward to working as a barista in Diversions Café next year!

What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus has to be Oppenheimer Café. I love the friendly baristas, the romantic lighting, the welcoming space that is conducive to productive studying, and its proximity to the School of Music.

What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
While I am neither vegetarian nor vegan, I enjoy the food at the Vegetarian Options station in the Diner. I look forward to Fridays because they serve garden tortellini!

What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
I think an overall tip for life is to never abandon your curiosity. Never stop learning new things, exploring your personality, and discovering new people. College is a time for growth and exploration, so I highly encourage you to put yourself out there and truly discover the wonderful times that can be had at Puget Sound.

What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
The students at Puget Sound have a remarkable respect and joy for the outdoors, much like the mindset my parents instilled in me throughout my youth, and I wish I would have brought more camping gear/outdoor equipment with me on my Puget Sound adventure.

Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Currently I am rather obsessed with Game of Thrones, but my favorite character has to be Charlie from The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love his intelligence, his courage, and his ability to empathize with the other characters in the book. He is a wonderful boy who is ultimately very kind to his friends and family.

If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
If I could witness any event EVER, I would love to see one of the original Olympic Games. Although it might be brutal for my taste, I would love to witness part of history, engage in conversation with peoples from the past, and visit a society that was revolutionary for its time.

What’s the #1 most played song on your iTunes/Spotify?
While a majority of my top played songs are boring classical songs, “Halo”, by Beyoncé, is my number one played song in my library. I couldn't be more proud to present this gem as my most played; however, I’ll have you know that “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers is a close second.

If you could have one person with you on a deserted island, who would it be and why?
The individual I would take to a deserted island would have to be my wonderful brother Nick. He is absolutely hilarious, he is wonderful company, and I trust him with just about everything.