This blog series is dedicated to SDT’s Outstanding Scholars. These women are nominated by their chapters for their dedication to school, as well as their contribution to the chapter.
Kelly serves as her the Delta Alpha Vice President of Scholarship. She was nominated by several people at her chapter who are impressed with how she juggles all of her responsibilities, and is graduating a semester early. Her chapter appreciates that she jumps in whenever needed, and is always enthusiastic and puts a positive spin on even the most stressful situations. She hosted a planner party to help sisters get organized and gave organizational tips. She’s known for helping anyone, in any subject matter, spending countless hours at the library.
Major: Psychology and Pre-Occupational Therapy
What has been your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Neuroanatomy because I love being challenged and this class definitely made me think differently. I love knowing about what is going on inside my body and the brain is super interesting. Although I struggled, this class challenged me and passing it made me incredibly proud of myself. It not only got me excited to keep learning, but made me ask questions outside of the mandatory subject material and challenged the boundaries of my curiosity.
What is/are your go-to study method/s?
Definitely white board writing and repetition, since I do a lot of anatomy with my majors I draw a lot to study. I love going to the library, locking myself in a study room and drawing the figures over and over again on the white board until I can do them without thinking. I am also a big fan of fake teaching. I will ask my sisters to sit and listen to me try and teach them a subject because if you can teach the subject to someone else, you definitely know your stuff!
What’s your favorite study break activity?
There is nothing better than a quick episode of “The Office” in-between study sessions. I also really like going for a walk if I have been sitting and reading for a long time. One of my jobs is walking dogs so that makes this one super easy.
Blue raspberry Jolly Ranchers, definitely.
How has SDT helped you achieve academic success?
SDT has helped me immensely. As a freshman I had no idea how to balance my time, and my sisters, specifically the V.P. of Scholarship, helped me learn how to balance social, sorority and academic life. As a senior, I love studying with my sisters and it gets me super motivated to know that all these amazing women are coming together to reach our goals. Since I am the V.P. of Scholarship now, I love inspiring sisters to always try harder in school so one day you can be the alumna our chapter is proud to have as a sister.
What advice do you have for being a standout scholar?
Always remind yourself that school should come before Sigma Delta Tau, because at the end of the day, we are all here to get degrees and become amazing women who can change the world! Also don’t give up—if you have a bad semester, don’t let it bring you down—use it to rise up and prove that you can come back from anything.