Callie Blakeley, of Longview, is an admissions counselor in the Admissions & Registrar office on the Kilgore campus. She has been working with the admissions team since September of 2017. She graduated with an Associate Degree at KC, and then transferred to UT Tyler, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master's degree in public administration.
On a typical workday, Blakeley starts out catching up on emails, and sometimes she gives a few campus tours. She also processes incoming student documents.
When she’s not working, Blakeley enjoys spending time with her family—especially her nieces and nephews—friends, and her two dogs. She also enjoys watching shows on Netflix, such as Madam Secretary, Gilmore Girls and This Is Us.
Blakeley believes that one of the most valuable lessons she has learned from working at KC has been that it’s okay to make mistakes, but it’s not okay to let the fear of failure keep you from succeeding.
“It is near impossible to pinpoint one specific lesson [this job has taught me], because I have learned so much. Since joining the Admissions team in 2017, I have seen myself grow in ways I would not have imagined, and have built so many unlikely friendships that will last a lifetime,” Blakeley said.
Blakeley has several role models, including family members such as her mother, who has taught her “how to love deeply and unconditionally, and how to serve others” and her sister, who, being a foster parent in addition to raising her own children, “is a constant example of selflessness,” and has taught her “the beauty of the vulnerability found in opening your heart to give love to those who need it most, even when it hurts.”
When it comes to her professional aspirations, she also looks up to KC's VP of Institutional Planning, Dr. Staci Martin and Dean of Enrollment Management and Student Success, Chris Gore.
“All in all, coming to work at KC has been the best decision I have made in my professional life so far," Blakeley said. "This job continually pushes me to grow both personally and professionally, and I look forward to many great years ahead.”
BAILEY LOTHROP - FACE IN THE CROWD, JANUARY 2020
Bailey Lothrop, freshman psychology major from Kilgore, is set to graduate in the spring of 2021.
“I came to KC because it is close to my family, and I also believed it was the smartest decision financially,” Lothrop said. “My dream is to become a clinical psychologist.”
Lothrop works as a cashier in the bookstore on campus. What she believes makes her job amazing is that she gets to meet a lot of people on campus while working.
When Lothrop is not at KC working or studying, she spends her time doing yoga, reading, writing or hanging out with friends.
“I enjoy reading poetry, young adult fiction, and fantasy books. My favorite book would have to be The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” Lothrop said.
Lothrop also said what she enjoys the most about KC is that it seems smaller than other colleges, so it is less intimidating.
Similarly, when it comes to her music taste, she listens to R&B/soul music as well as alternative and pop.
Lothrop’s said her role model is her Nana.
“She (Nana) has shown me how important it is to still be kind to someone even when they are not necessarily nice to you. She taught me that everyone is battling something we can’t see,” she said.
A typical day in Lothrop’s life is going into work at 7:30 a.m. and getting off at 2 p.m.
Then, she usually works on her online class’ lessons and homework. After that, she works out. Finally, she just spends time with her family and friends or gets some rest.
Sophomore Jordan Norris, from Liberty, majors in Corrosion Technology at KC where he will graduate in the spring of 2020.
“The main reason I came to KC was for the Corrosion Technology program, because it is one of the best programs in the nation,” Norris said.
Norris plans on getting a job in Houston once he graduates in the spring of 2020.
He also plays guitar in the Baptist Student Ministry Praise Band on Thursday evenings.
Norris began playing the drums when he was 11 years old, and began picking up other instruments when he was 15 years old, including the guitar.
“I play the guitar, piano, drums, ukulele and the bass. I would have to say the drums are definitely my favorite, because they’re the heartbeat of the song and you’re in a lot of control,” Norris said.
Norris said his favorite type of music would have to be alternative rock, plus music from the 1970s including Queen, The Beatles, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aerosmith and Def Leppard.”
When not studying or listening to music, Norris enjoys fishing and spending time with friends and family.