KENNESAW, Ga. (January 14, 2022) — The first semester of college is a time of transition and growth as students spread their wings and begin to navigate their academic careers, discover new interests, and create lasting memories. In recognition of that significant step, we are highlighting students who have just completed their first semesters at Kennesaw State University. Cassidy Martin, an honors student at Acworth who plans to pursue a degree in International Business, shares what made her first semester as an Owl meaningful.
What is your favorite moment/memory from your first semester?
I think the biggest was the call, because a lot of things happened to me there. That’s where I became a brand ambassador and shared the music I make at my church. I interacted a lot with Jordan Stevenson, director of student recruitment, who was running the call. He told me to connect my Instagram and I mentioned that in my Instagram bio there was a link to my song on Spotify. So everybody went a little crazy, and a few minutes later they were playing it on the speakers.
How does your first semester of college compare to your expectations?
I came from a classical education background in a homeschool program that is designed in the junior and senior years to be like college courses, so in terms of course load, it hasn’t been bad at all. In high school, I had between eight and 12 courses per semester. I think the most important thing has been the interactions: it has been very easy to talk to people. I’ll just sit on the high ceilings for lunch, and people will sit down, and we’ll just start talking. I’ve made a couple of friends because of it.
As you adjusted to college this semester, who or what has been your biggest supporter at KSU?
I think they would be my roommates. Two of us come from a similar college prep background, another is the roommate I was matched with throughout the housing process, and she and I are very similar. Another one of my roommates and I share a performing arts background. We all get along very well and we all have certain things in common. I think having them and everyone having similar interests, helping each other find good teachers, that’s been the best thing.
Outside of class, what did you do to get involved at KSU your first semester?
In addition to being a KSU brand ambassador, promoting and representing the university on social media, I just landed a job as a head assistant at the Night Owl box office. I applied to be a resident assistant at KSU Housing next year, as well as an orientation leader, so at least I’m trying to be very involved with KSU affiliated programs. I also frequent football games at home, attended some of the KSU Journey Honors College events this year, and filled my schedule for the week of homecoming events at the beginning of the semester.
Did your college plan change at all during your first semester?
I do not think so. I had already overcome all my crises, ‘What am I going to major in?’ in high school. It was theater at one point, and then it ended up in classics, because I studied Latin for seven years and really enjoyed that and excelled at that. Then I went back to theater before discovering that I loved management work through a job I had when I was 15, and that I liked the idea of business. So when I got to KSU, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do in business, but I selected international business as an interest and two minors: economics and Spanish. In a way, I created this entire program for myself so that I could get all the information I needed about the business field and make an informed decision in my junior and senior years about what I would like to do after graduation.
What was the best/most beneficial aspect of your first semester?
I think I would have to say convocation again, just because of the friends I made there.
– Thomas Hartwell
Photos by Jason Getz
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties, and entrepreneurial spirit attract students from across the country and around the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated (R2) doctoral research institution, placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of US colleges and universities with R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.