By Austin Leonard
If you think back to your first campus visit tour, the student leading it very well could have been a King President’s Society (KPS) member! KPS is a group of students nominated by faculty who focus on social relations with the community and helping within admissions. Their role is to embody King’s values and help to introduce those values and the community to prospective students looking to enroll here at King.
“The students in the program are crucial to admissions,” emphasized Logan Jennings, a senior enrollment counselor. The members of KPS act as a student perspective to those who are visiting campus. It’s essential for some students to know how an actual, current King student feels about the community and various aspects of campus life. Often, the interactions with KPS students help those interested in understanding more about campus and can sometimes be the reason they choose to come to King.
Students in KPS benefit from their involvement as well. Members can often be found at Open Houses and other Admissions events leading tours and meeting with visitors. The ability to connect with a wide variety of people visiting King allows for levels of networking that may be difficult to attain elsewhere. They also gain access to career services events like the chamber of commerce meetings, which can supply valuable networking relationships, and other more fun events like dinners with President Whitaker.
As a current member of KPS, I have found that I have developed vital social skills and have met a variety of interesting people I may not have had the privilege to meet otherwise. It always is a great feeling to help ease someone’s anxiety as a current student and give them answers that may have been crucial for them to hear. I’ve also developed a few relationships with faculty and staff that I may not have crossed paths with before. Not only do I get to help new prospective students to learn more about campus, but sometimes I get to learn a few new things myself.
Next time you see a tour, make sure to say a warm “Hello!” and interact with the visitors. It is always extremely helpful and comforting for the student and their family to be warmly welcomed and feel accepted by the campus community. If you’re interested in learning more about the admissions process you can find more information here.