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Hello! I’m Kayla Black and I recently joined the ranks of Radford alumni May 2013. I earned my degree in English and a minor in History. I started my job in the Admissions office shortly after graduation and I work primarily with prospective students from the southern states (Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee). I am also the liaison for legacy applicants, having been a legacy student at Radford University myself.
My favorite part of working in the admissions office is being able to see so many young and eager students come to campus and get excited about seeing themselves on our beautiful campus. My four years of undergrad were some of the most exciting times of my life and being able to help student begin that journey here at RU is one my favorite parts of my job. One of my favorite memories of RU is the Highlander Festival. Every year my family would come down and spend the weekend in Radford celebrating the heritage of southwest, Virginia and all the local crafts and trades that surround us in this area. There is everything from homemade honey butter to kettle corn and entertainment all day with bagpipes and the Highlander games. It is an event not to be missed!
To me, Radford means “family”. I come from a very large family and when coming to college I feared that I would lose track of who I was, but from my time spent at Radford I have gained a brand new addition to my family, the Highlander family. I am the fourth person to graduate from Radford from my family and my brother will very shortly become the fifth. A lot of my family history is rooted here. In the beginning it was nerve-racking but I have been able to find my own niche’ through getting involved on campus I have been able to stand out among the legacy.
When you visit campus, be sure to check out the Bonnie and outside on the Quads. The Bonnie is our student center, on a daily basis it is a hub of student activities, with everything from bowling and movies to bake sales and free pizza. Outside on the Quads, I think you really get to see our beautiful campus. We have taken full advantage of our surroundings in Southwest, VA and instead of changing the environment we have been able to build in a way that allows us to blend and enjoy all these mountains have to offer.
When I am not at work, I would like to say that I go outside and hike and fish, but in all honesty, I am the definition of a “couch potato”. On a perfect afternoon I will be enjoying Netflix. I also love to travel and spend time with my friends and family and I’m almost always up for an adventure. Two fun facts about me: I’m a huge Washington Nationals and Redskins fan and I once jumped off a 50 foot cliff in South America!