KOA said goodbye to some of our dedicated members. A few of them talked with us about their experiences in the organization and their plans after graduation.
Kyla was a founding member of our chapter and served as its first Secretary. She is graduating with a major in Comparative Cultures and Politics with minors in Women’s and Gender Studies, and Peace and Justice Studies. She plans to attend law school and wants to follow her passion to increase accessibility to education.
“Co-founding KOA at the end of my freshman year at MSU was both incredibly challenging and rewarding. I learned a lot about group collaboration and leadership. It was a special opportunity to build something from the bottom up, making alterations and celebrating successes as we discovered what did and did not work for operating a professional fraternity. My favorite memory was designing initiation cards for the first Alpha class – it signified the start of something new and important to me.”
Aaron Avery graduated with a major in International Relations. During his time in KOA, he served as the Professional Development Chair to help members prepare for and access new opportunities. Following his passion for baseball, Aaron will work with the San Diego Padres to do Minor League Video Analysis and Development for the Ft. Wayne Tincaps.
“Kappa Omega Alpha has been an integral part to my college experience, serving as both an extremely beneficial developer of my professional abilities, and a place I have made a plethora of long-time friends. I started as an Alpha class member, the first class of this wonderful organization. At first, I was a tad nervous, as I only knew one or two members going into it. Meeting and getting to know such driven, intelligent individuals were the reason I stayed, despite that. I served as Professional Development Chair during my junior year, and that was one of the best experiences I’ve had being able to serve the organization. Learning about everyone’s ambitions, and how they plan on attaining their goals was fantastic. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and I wish the organization the best as it moves forward.”
Lexie Farrell is a member of KOA’s Beta Class, the first class to rush the organization. She is graduating with a major in Social Relations and Policy and a minor in Economics. As KOA’s Philanthropy Chair, Lexie worked with various organizations to provide members a way to give back to the community.
“I am so grateful to all of the law students, professors, and admissions faculty who have come to speak to the fraternity, because it helped me realize that law school was not for me. This allowed me to expand my focus in the public policy field and through multiple internships, networking events and research, I have decided to go to graduate school instead. After graduation I plan to work for a few years before applying to graduate school to major in public policy or social work, where I can have more hands-on experience with communities. In the meantime, I will be starting work at a nonprofit in Detroit called Co.act Detroit, which will serve as a collaboration center for nonprofits in southwest Michigan, offering meeting space and resources. While I am so excited for my next chapter, I am sad that my time in KOA and at Michigan State is ending. I am forever grateful that I decided to join and can’t wait to see the organization continue to grow!”
We are grateful to all of our seniors who helped shape this organization and we wish them luck in all of their future endeavors!