Taquisha Drisdell

Taquisha Drisdell

Name: Taquisha Drisdell
Major: Theater/Journalism
Favorite Professor: Gabe Shapiro
Year: Junior

What do you like best or least about Valentine’s Day?
What I like least about Valentine’s Day is that everyone treats it likes that’s the only day they have to express their love, when if you really love someone you should show them that you do all year around not just one day out of the year.
What is the greatest constructive criticism you have received from a supervisor?
The greatest constructive criticism I’ve received from a supervisor was that I’m an extremely hard worker. And the way I learn quickly is wonderful because it gives me the ability to move up in the business quicker than others.
Tell me about one thing that is unique or remarkable about you?
One thing that is unique about me is that I love to take pictures. I can be having the worst day ever, but I would still whip my phone out to take pictures of myself. I think this habit is unique because not everyone is photogenic.
What are your career goals?
My career goal is to be a news anchor or take on any job that allows me to be in front of the camera. I enjoy being in front of the camera and inform and entertain people so I think that will be the perfect career for me.
What was the last book you read, and what impact did it have on you?
The last book I read was “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare. This isn’t so much a book but the script of the play. It led me into wanting to watch the film. It didn’t have too much of an impact on me, but t informed me on how strong love can be.
What kind of hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
In my spare time I enjoy going shopping and hanging out my friends. I can hardly do this so when I’m able to, it makes me happy and stress free.
What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
In five years from now I see myself working in California or Atlanta for one of the top radio or news stations. I say this because this is what I’m really working towards and if I put my ALL into it, I will make it.
What have you learned from your participation in extra-curricular activities?
By being a part of many different track and field programs I’ve learned how to have patience and the importance of team work. I’ve learned how to be a people’s person because being friendly will get you far in life. Being an athlete has taught me to be strong and even when I feel like giving up you should continue to push through it.

Name: Kennon Henderson

Kennon Henderson

Kennon Henderson

Major: Sociology- Criminal Justice
Favorite Professor: Dr. Hagan
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Year: Sophomore

What do I like most or least about Valentine’s Day?
My least favorite thing about Valentine’s Day is the fact that I am in a long distance relationship, however I love the flowers and chocolate that he sends. 🙂

Give me an example of how you have shown initiative in a situation and what resulted.
After finding out last week my boyfriend’s mother has a basketball sized cancerous tumor, I took the initiative to gather the facts, and construct a story about her to create a “gofundme” page where people could donate towards the cost of her surgery, appointments, medical bills, etc. The result? It was incredible. It has been 5 days today that the page has been up and $5867 has been raised.

What kinds of things do you do to motivate the people that you work with?
The people I work with are my teammates on the women’s wrestling team here at McKendree. Motivation in a sport like wrestling is a must. I often send texts to keep people motivated. If I notice someone is down on themselves I talk to them, try to make them laugh. Lastly I always encourage people to find the positives. In life we face a lot of negatives, but if you are able to find the positives in the negatives it makes life that much easier.

What kind of hobbies and activities do you enjoy in your spare time?
When I am not wrestling I enjoy going to movies, eating, and relaxing.

What do you see yourself doing five years from now?
Not sure what kind of job I will have, but I see myself living in Texas, and coaching wrestling.

What have you learned from your participation in extra-curricular activities?
I have learned four big things. 1. How to be a part of a team 2. Champions always find a way 3. Life is 85% mental. 4. Always look for the positives

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