Writer. Optimist. Futurist.
That’s me. I’m April Lemon and I am a senior studying strategic communication at Wichita State University. I’m passionate about communication, storytelling, public policy and building partnerships. My career goals involve using communication as a tool for social change.
I’m an optimist. I truly believe that nothing is impossible. I welcome challenges and enjoy the journey of discovery. I seek to work on solutions to issues and empower communities. My biggest dislike is apathy.
I’m a news and political junkie. I love journalism and believe the Fourth Estate is what keeps us free from tyranny. I participate in local politics and I’m probably the biggest voting rights advocate you’ll ever meet. Get registered and vote! I work on political campaigns for fun. My dream job would be working for Emily’s List, recruiting and supporting women to run for elected offices.
An extrovert with a lust for life, I’m always looking for opportunities to meet new people and try new things. When I’m not trying to make the world a better place, I like to relax and enjoy time with family and friends. I love music, concerts, parties, camping, travel, photography, making new friends and craft beer.
Hello! Hola! Halo!
Hello, everyone! My name is Karen Galindo and I am a sophomore studying journalism with a minor in graphic design. Although I grew up in Wichita I was actually born in Los Angeles, California! I moved to the Great Plains when I was five, and I have always wondered how different my life would be right now if I had grown up in L.A. I am a proud Latina who loves her heritage and culture – I even competed in Miss Latina WSU this past April where I earned the title of Miss Congeniality and Second Princess!
My dream career would be to work for Elle Magazine and report on any and all of the Fashion Weeks! I’ll try my best to make that dream become reality, but I will always be happy and content with working at a news publications and/or broadcasting station. One thing’s for sure though, I most definitely do not want to live in Kansas for the rest of my life.
I am planning on teaching English abroad sometime after graduation (who knows, maybe even during senior year) in either Japan, Spain, or South Korea. I absolutely love to travel! Airports don’t bother me at all! I have been to Mexico, Germany and Greece and I hope to visit a different country every year! I absolutely love learning about new cultures and immersing myself in them.
I am a really indecisive person, but sometimes I get these crazy bursts of energy where I make impulsive decisions, hence the skydiving photo. If you have ever thought about going skydiving, then I totally recommend it! It really isn’t as scary as people make it out to be.
Last but not least, I have a ugly old cat named Charlie! He has been a part of the family ever since Christmas of 2007. He’s a little ratty looking since he is outdoors most of the time (per his decision), but I still love him anyway.
Greetings everyone! My name is Matthew Thande and I am a senior at Wichita State University. Some people on campus call me Mavenue or Mav for short because I am an artist. I started making music officially around this time last year. But, I have been doing this inconsistently my entire life. Writing rhymes, rapping freestyles, performing in front of others are all things that I have naturally gravitated towards in my time on this earth.
So basically, music is my passion. Nevertheless, to give a little backstory about myself, I was born in the city of Lost Angels in southern California. When I was 5 years old, my mom and I moved to Joplin, Missouri where I attended kindergarten, and later moved to Parsons, Kansas where I grew up. Throughout my time as a youngster in PK as they like to call it, I played football, was in forensics, theatre, and even band in middle school.
After attending Butler CC, Coffeyville CC, and then transferring out to northern California where I received an Associates Degree in Communications from Cosumnes River College in Sacramento. And now, I’m in my second semester at WSU and I couldn’t be more pleased with where I came from and also where I’m at. I’m still a Communications major but its specific to Electronic Media.
Hey everyone! I’m Alexa
Hello everyone! My name is Alexa McGinnis. Let me start off by saying, yes I do get the Alexa joke a lot! My family has an Alexa but it is almost never on anymore from it going off every time someone says my name. I am a sophomore and my major is Communication-Integrated Marketing. I am from Norman Oklahoma, a lot of people ask why I pick WSU instead of OU. WSU was cheaper, I do better with smaller sized classes and I wanted to leave my home town to get that independent feel and I love my family but I did not to see my them everywhere I went. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked WSU, I left all of my friends and family, especially my dog Jersey Girl.
Joining my sorority really helped me make friends and made me like WSU. I am in Alpha Phi and those girls have really helped me push to be the best person I can be. I am the community service chair, I never would’ve thought I would have taken a leadership role as a freshman. I never thought that I would have joined a sorority but it definitely one of the best decisions I have made.
This summer was one that I will never forget, though it was busy I did not want it to end! I took two summer classes. My mom is from New Jersey and I have a lot of family there, I was able to take Megan of my best friend to New York with me. It was so cool being able to show her around and seeing all the cool things in New York. After New York I went to Kansas City with my boyfriend to see Khalid in concert.
I’m excited about this class and ready to learn! 🙂
Hey, What’s Up You Guys
Hello! My name is Katherine Donaghue. I am a junior majoring in Theatre Design and Technology with a minor in Communications and a Certificate in Stage Management. It’s a mouthful, but to put it in simpler terms, I want to be a Stage Manager for off Broadway, Broadway, and Touring Productions. I am a born and raised Wichitain (Wichitin? Wichitan?). Wichita State was not my first choice school, but it has helped me fall in love with my hometown and I’ve had wonderful opportunities to grow here.
I currently work with the Office of Admissions on campus as a tour guide and with Housing and Residence Life as a Community Development Specialist. Over the summer, I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a stage management intern with Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall Idaho. I was able to network with professionals in my field who have gotten to work in TV, film, and Broadway.
When I’m not working, I enjoy making memories with my sorority sisters, family, and friends. I love adventuring and trying new things with others so I can broaden my horizons. With adventuring, my favorite country that I’ve ever traveled to is Scotland, but the place I want to visit the most is Croatia so I can live my Mama Mia dream life. I, also, enjoy going to concerts and listening to podcasts- my favorite one is “And That’s Why We Drink”. I’m excited for this semester and to learn more about the world of media marketing!
Hello! My name is Masara Al-Sharieh and I am a sophomore at Wichita State! I’m currently studying Media Arts Collaborative Design, with an emphasis in Filmmaking and Animation, and a minor in Collaborative Design. I was raised in Clearwater, KS, until I moved to Wichita for my high school years. Fun fact: I had a graduation class of one at my high school (and that was me ;))
I have always been a creative person growing up. I loved drawing with chalk and copying My Little Pet Shop characters onto paper. I was always interested in animation, but it wasn’t until my freshman year of college that I discovered a love for filmmaking. I am currently working on a short film with a new organization called Healing Kansas. It should be finished mid-late September so be on the lookout for it soon!
In the future, I would love to be doing something that combines both film and animation. I think it would be really cool to do CGI work or motion graphics. I just enjoy a lot of things in general- anything that involves art I love it!
I’m also very involved on campus! I’m in organizations like Student Ambassador Society, ASL Club, Animation Reel Coalition, and more. If I’m not at school, I’m probably at local restaurants or coffee shop. If not that, most likely at home taking a nap!
I love Wichita and I think it’s an amazing and wonderful place to be. If you ever need to find something to do, just hit me and up and I’ll let you know! I’ll find you something to do!
Fox in a Text Box
Hello! I am Taylin Fox, a junior studying sport management. Upon graduation, I aspire to work in community relations for a professional sport organization or with a nonprofit organization that achieves its mission through sport! I am currently working towards that goal through my practicum at Girls on the Run- Heart of Kansas.
On campus I love to spend my time being involved, truly embracing life as a Shocker! I am rounding out my second term as a Transition Mentor this fall, which sadly means my early morning routine of riff-offs and ice breakers is behind me but I am excited to continue to mentor my students throughout their first year! I will also be serving as a College of Applied Studies Ambassador this year.
Additionally, I serve as Panhellenic Affairs Vice President to my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. In this position, I get to strengthen my sorority’s involvement and connection with our campus community!
Some of my other interests include playing and watching soccer, crafting, and spending time with my family and friends! I am also trying to get into podcasts but have yet to found one that I like, so if you have any suggestions please send them my way!
The One and Only C-Po
Hey everyone! My name is Colin Alpough A.K.A. C-Po. I am 21 years old and a senior here at WSU so this will be my fourth year. I am currently studying Communication with an emphasis in Electronic Media. I’m actually from KC and grew in specifically in Lenexa. I chose WSU because of the distance from home (roughly 2.5 hours depending on your speed) and I liked the campus and city a lot.
I love being out in nature and exploring everything. A couple years ago, some friends and I took a road trip down to Colorado and stayed in Estes Park. We stayed in a cabin up in the mountains for a week and it was the best, most beautiful experience I have ever had. I took this picture of a little stream while we were hiking. It is one of many so I’ll spare you the time by using one of my favorites. This trip is what really solidified my wanting to leave Kansas and live in Colorado when I graduate from college.
Some of my favorite hobbies include watching UFC, playing video games, watching movies, and playing sports. I used to play all sports, but my main sport was baseball. I played it from when I was four years old up until senior year of high school, so it was a huge part of my life. My dad helped coach me my whole life and if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t have been half the baseball player I was. I was a pitcher and played third base. Through baseball, I gained some of my fondest memories and I’m so grateful for having had the opportunity to play.