Caitlyn Hammack, from Russell, Kansas, came to Wichita State University because she wanted to be close to her family to see them often. During her time at Wichita State, she’s been involved in several organizations, including the Student Government Association.
Caitlyn is one of more than 3,500 students eligible for spring 2021 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.
What is your degree in?
I will be getting my degree in social work with minors in women’s studies and psychology.
Where are you from?
I am from Russell, Kansas.
What led you to Wichita State?
I originally chose to attend Wichita State because it was far enough away from home that I could be independent, but close enough that I could still see my family often. I also really appreciated how affordable it was in comparison to other colleges and how diverse the campus was.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
I am excited for this next chapter in my life and grateful for the experiences I had in my undergraduate career.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?
My most helpful learning experience has been doing my practicum, which is the Student Advocate position within the Student Government Association.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge as a student has been prioritizing self-care and time management. These skills take a lot of practice and patience. I have had to learn my own limitations and learn that it is more than okay to say “no” when necessary.
What organizations were you involved in during your time at Wichita State?
I was involved with the Ambassadors for Diversity and Inclusion, Student Government Association and Uniting Bold Sisters.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation, I plan to attend graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis to earn my Master’s in social work.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans?
The pandemic has changed the last part of my undergraduate experience greatly. I learned quickly that Zoom classes and meetings are much less enjoyable than in-person classes and meetings. However, it has not all been doom and gloom. I have learned more about myself and grown as a person more in the past year than I ever have.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
Get involved on campus and in the community. Surround yourself with people who support you and bring positivity into your life. Also explore Wichita and everything the city has to offer while you’re here. Have grace for yourself because being a human is hard and you will mess up sometimes.