Mike Knape '12
Student Admission Associate
2011 - 2012
Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
High School: East Grand Rapids High School
Major: International Political Economy
Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
Location was probably the biggest factor in my decision. I can run along the Puget Sound in the morning and spend the afternoon skiing in the Cascade Mountains. For a Midwesterner, that’s hard to beat.
What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Comparative Sociology Professor Gareth Barkin.
What has been your favorite class?
US Foreign Policy with Seth Weinberger
What is your favorite place on campus?
The courtyard between Thompson and Harned Halls is a perfect spot to kick a soccer ball around with friends during a study break.
What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
The new Latin American station. It’s like Chipotle every day.
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
Get out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. And always ask for help and advice because there are so many interesting perspectives on campus.
What campus activities do you participate in?
News writer for The Trail, Club Water Polo and Sailing, ASUPS Committees, and Intramural Sports.
What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
Streets west of campus are generally named after US presidents, while the streets to the east are trees.
Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Any character from a Christopher Moore book. As of right now: Tucker Case.
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
My parents’ high school graduation. I can’t begin to imagine what that was like.
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
If I die Young, by The Band Perry… I’m on a kick.