Q & A with First-Year Alumna: Kilee Seifert ’16
By Alexis Rodriguez, Associate Director of Advancement
After moving out-of-state, transferring to a new university, and experiencing life away from home, Kilee Seifert ’16 shares lessons learned from her first year as a college student.
Q. Why did you decide to transfer from the University of Indianapolis to Purdue University after your first semester?
A. I decided to transfer because the University of Indianapolis (UIndy) was not a good fit for me. It was a very small school of 5,000 students and I realized that I wanted to go to bigger and more school-spirited university. Luckily, Purdue is only an hour and 15 minutes away so it was not a major move. Another reason I decided to transfer is because of the academics. UIndy was not challenging enough for me and Purdue seemed to be a better fit all around. I knew that Purdue would challenge me more and that is what I wanted.
Q. What is your major/minor?
A. As of right now, my major is Human Services with the intention of minoring in Psychology. If I do not end up doing that, I plan on majoring in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Studies.
Q. How well do you think OLP prepared you for your college experience and beyond?
A. I think OLP prepared me EXTREMELY well for my college experience and beyond. OLP taught me the best study skills, how to write well, and how to manage all of my time with school work and outside activities. I did well my first semester of college, and so far I am doing well in the second semester.
Q. What did you learn during your first year of college?
A. I learned that it is okay to switch your major and change your mind on what you want to do. During your first year, you really are able to discover yourself because you are away from your family and from familiar faces. Also, do not be afraid to reach out and talk to people when school starts because everyone is in the same position as you.
Q. What is your favorite thing about your college experience so far?
A. My favorite thing about my college experience is being away from home. I think it has been a good experience for me to grow up and learn how to do simple tasks on my own that my mother or father would normally do for me. It is also nice to be away from home. Going home for short periods of time is fun, but then it is nice to get away for a while and be at school with your friends in a different state.
Q. Have your friendships or family relations changed since you moved away from home?
A. I do not talk to my family and friends as much as I normally would if I was at home. Moving away has made me realize how fortunate I am to have them and it is weird to think that I am not physically in their daily life routines. My brothers and I have gotten closer and my relationship with my parents is more open now.
Q. How are you balancing your academic and social lives?
A. When I attended OLP, I was on the varsity cheer team and did competitive cheer throughout high school. I also had tutoring three days a week. I learned to manage my time effectively all while still being able to hang out with my friends. Balancing my academic and social life has never been that big of a problem for me. My tip is to write down everything that you have to do and then go have fun.
Q. What are your expectations for when you return home for summer break?
A. When I return home for the summer, I plan on working two jobs. I have an internship at a convalescent home and I plan on getting a night job at least three nights a week at a frozen yogurt place near my house. I want to try to have as much fun as I can this summer because college is going to go by extremely fast.
Q. If you could go back to senior year and give yourself college advice, what would you say?
A. I would say don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Attending OLP with 800 students and then going to a university with 30,000 students is quite a change. A lot of students are scared their first week of school so try to reach out and make as many connections as you can. I would have also told myself to spend more time with my family. It is hard for my parents and my younger brother to see me leave the house whenever I come home and then go back to college. Your family will always be there when you get back and your friends could no bet.
Q. How has OLP influenced your life?
A. OLP has influenced my life by making me believe that women can do anything they put their minds to. They influenced me to not only be a woman, but to be an empowered one.
Q. What is your favorite OLP tradition?
A. My favorite OLP tradition is Community Day. I loved that the whole school came together in the morning for Mass on the Grass, then continued to be a community through games and activities set up around the school. It is a very relaxing day near the end of the school year and I remember memories from the four years I went.
Q. Any last words for OLP students?
A. My first year of college has gone by so quickly and time is truly flying by. Growing up is inevitable, but make it fun while it lasts! We won’t be kids forever.