Anisia Brumley, a native Wichitan, is a Wichita Northeast Magnet High School alumna. She chose to attend Wichita State because as a first-generation student, Wichita State provided her with a sense of comfort and familiarity.
Anisia is one of more than 3,500 students eligible for spring 2021 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what the future has in store for the grad.
What is your degree in?
My degree will be a Bachelor of Business Administration in economics with minors in management and political science.
Where are you from?
I am from Wichita.
What led you to Wichita State to begin with?
As a first-generation student, I had a lot of questions going into my freshman year. Wichita State gave me the opportunity to complete my degree, while still feeling comfortable in my skin.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
I feel rushed. Sometimes it feels like I have everything in order and other days I feel like I have work up to my ears. I am focused on prioritizing my work strategically.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?
I am so thankful I joined a sorority. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated has been the greatest leadership and learning opportunity of my life. I have gained the greatest mentors, sisters and conquered more challenges that I could ask for as a young adult.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I have overcome as a student is balancing my personal life and personal growth. There are infinite opportunities to take new classes, join organizations and to take on a leadership opportunity, but there is just as much that needs to be taken care of at home. Mental health and family should be considered priorities just like grades and accolades. I think giving myself grace to focus on myself and not just pursuing my degree made all the difference in my college career.
What organizations were you involved in during your time at Wichita State?
I was involved in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion, Passage 2 Success, Multicultural Student Mentoring Program, Student Government Association and Barton International Group.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be serving as the director of the aquatics department for the Greater Wichita YMCA. Additionally, I will be using my extra time to serve on more community boards in Wichita.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans?
My first two years were starkly different from my final two. There were no events, meetings, dances, study groups or even walks around campus with my friends. It is the simple things COVID-19 changed that I think about the most.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
It is okay to change your plan! Be intentional with every change you make and it will be worthwhile, even if it means you may be spending more time in college than originally anticipated. The degree is for you at the end of the day so always do what is best for you.