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Student Spotlight: Katy Andrews   

By Trey Crumbie | Photography by Scott Beseler | Published June 2021

NAME: Katy Andrews
HOMETOWN: Wadsworth, Ohio
MAJOR: Accounting
MINORS: Business, Computer Forensics

Tell me about life pre-NKU. Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Wadsworth, Ohio. In high school, I was very involved in choir and theater and played soccer for a few years as well. I was also involved in many clubs including, National Honors Society, Student Council, and I co-founded Euchre Club.

Why did you choose NKU? What kept you here?
I chose NKU because it kind of just hit everything on my checklist: good size, location, price. After my first year, I know I’ve made the right choice because I like all my professors and I really enjoy all the organizations I’ve been able to join. The environment at NKU is very friendly.

Can you tell me a little about what you're studying?
I am studying accounting and just recently added a minor in computer forensics because I am interested in becoming a forensic accounting. I think working for the FBI or CIA would be so cool.

Describe NKU in one word.

What has been your favorite class?
Probably BUS 101 because it gives you insight into many different majors in the business world.

Where is your favorite spot on campus? What makes that spot so special?
I like any place that has comfortable seating and some background noise. The Student Union, Steely Library and the MEP building all have areas like this.

What is your greatest passion?
I don’t think I have one passion that really stands out from everything else. I guess I could say my greatest passion is doing what makes me happy. I am studying something I find interesting while joining clubs that I enjoy being a part of. I love hanging out with my friends and going home on weekends to see my family. I love singing in the car and playing various games outside. I love doing all of these equally, so put them all together and you have my greatest passion.

What’s a favorite NKU memory you’ll never forget?
I’ll never forget knocking on my neighbors’ doors my very first week of classes. We decided to play cards one night and now it has become a regular thing. I even met my future roommate who is currently my next-door neighbor.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I love outdoor games: disc golf, sand volleyball and spikeball. When the weather is bad, I like to play cards, read or watch Netflix.

Who’s your favorite professor (or staff member)? Why?
Jill Snider. I had her as a professor for BUS 101 and now she is my advisor. From day one, I could tell that she really cares about her students and will do whatever she can to help them. She has also definitely gone out of her way to help me as my advisor.

How do you stay focused?
I have a whiteboard. Each week, I write out everything I need to do and then I make a day-by-day schedule to help me stay on track.

What advice would you give to other students?
Don’t stay in your room all day. Join an organization and talk to new people. If you’re a commuter, don’t just go to class and go home. Stay for the day and participate in different activities. Also, college will definitely challenge your time management skills. My advice: think and plan ahead.

What has been your most challenging academic experience so far? Why?
Midterms tend to sneak up on me so studying for those while still doing work for other classes is difficult. I have definitely improved my time management skills since coming to college.

What are you most looking forward to after graduation?
I am looking forward to having a steady, full-time job.

What kind of job would you like to have after you graduate?
I want to be a forensic accountant. Working for the FBI or CIA would be super cool, but I would also be happy at a large accounting firm.

What does getting your degree mean to you?
Getting my degree is important to me because I know it will help me get a better job after graduation. I know I will also make important connections during my time at NKU.

What are a few things every NKU student should do here before they graduate?
Join some sort of organization, go to different events and make connections with your professors.

Tell me anything else about yourself and/or NKU that you want folks to know.
There are a couple of spots on campus where you can see Cincinnati’s skyline. We are less than 15 minutes away which is very convenient for any internships you may have there while studying at NKU.