Humans of RU


At the core of what makes Rockhurst, Rockhurst are its students. Humans of RU focuses on sharing the people who make Rockhurst University unique through stories, profiles and interviews. Each week a new student is featured, showcasing just one piece of the puzzle.
Nhukha Nguyen, '21

Sophomore Nhukha Nguyen, a Kansas City native, came to Rockhurst in hopes of continuing her level of involvement from high school and finding ways she could be a leader on campus. Read more about her experience being a resident assistant below:

Q: What was your college search process like?

A: In high school, I wanted to go to school out of state and then my parents were all of a sudden like, ‘hold up, no, you can’t be in far proximity from us...Read More

Claire Webster sits near the St. Ignatius statue

As a first-generation college student, senior Claire Webster was looking for a school where she could continue to be a leader on campus while also staying true to herself.

Early in the college search process, Webster applied to around 10 schools, but was drawn toward the Jesuit mission that schools like Rockhurst, St. Louis University and Regis University have.

“Learning about the commitment to service and the emphasis on community attracted me to them,” Webster said. “They...Read More

David Walter sits on a ledge that looks out over the Rockhurst campus

An English and secondary education major with a passion for filmmaking, junior David Walter is one-third of a sibling-run film production agency. Walter Bros. Pictures, consisting of Walter himself, his brother Patrick and his sister Anastasia, began with a simple spark of interest in creating a movie.

“My older brother, Patrick, was a professional wedding photographer for a really long time. He had a lot of gear and one day I asked him, ‘Hey, can I use this to make a movie?’ And he...Read More

Connor Larson sits in a hammock

Junior Connor Larson spent his summer participating as a software engineer in a co-op internship with Cerner, a Kansas City-based company that specializes in healthcare technologies. He had the opportunity to apply what he learned in the classroom to the real world. Read his Q&A below for more.

Q: Why did you choose your major?

A: I have always loved anything computer related and solving problems so this major just made sense. I prefer working with...Read More

Emma Busch sits on steps on campus

Emma Busch, a sophomore majoring in exercise science and psychology, has spent a week of her past four summers volunteering at a camp with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. This year, as a Miller Service scholarship recipient, Busch was able to become more involved with her role at camp which helped push her closer to her future career goals.

Volunteering for the first time with the organization at age 16 helped her decide what she wanted to do for a future career.

“As a...Read More

Hannah Nelligan stands in front of pergola

Rockhurst holds many work-study positions for students. These positions are meant for students to be able to hold flexible jobs on campus while being able to focus on schoolwork. For junior Hannah Nelligan, this position happens to be on the grounds crew. Nelligan, who was looking for a work-study position at the time, started this job last summer after receiving an email with information about the position.

“Since I’m from around here, I can commute and do stuff. When I originally...Read More

Laura Pezold serves fruit at NourishKC.

Junior Laura Pezold, a communication sciences and disorders major, has had a passion for service since she arrived on campus. This summer, Pezold is working as a Bishop Sullivan intern at NourishKC, an organization that provides a free, balanced meal to those who stop by for lunch. Read more about Pezold and her internship below.

Q: How did you end up at Rockhurst?

A: My sister (Sarah Pezold, ‘18) went to Rockhurst. She just graduated. When I toured with her...Read More

Cesar Aldana sits near the fountains on Rockhurst's campus

After completing his undergraduate degrees in exercise science and physics of medicine, doctor of physical therapy student Cesar Aldana decided to continue with graduate school at Rockhurst. Aldana originally focused his undergraduate college search on schools that had a pre-physical therapy program. He ended up choosing Rockhurst because of scholarships, because it was close to home and because the campus was small.

“I’ve heard a lot about small campuses because teachers are more...Read More

Karli Reichert sits on the steps by the bell tower

Junior Karli Reichert started playing volleyball in the third grade. She likes volleyball because it is a non-contact sport, but still competitive.

“I’ve always been really competitive. I’ve played tons of different sports, but I love that volleyball is noncontact. It’s just a really good way to get out my competitive side,” Reichert said.

But moving on to college competition was a decision that she made late in the game.

“It was such a fluke that I ended up at...Read More

Kevin Burjarski sits on a bench outside of Conway hall

You might think the ten minute walk across campus to class seems like an inconvenient commute, but think again. Graduate student Kevin Burjarski makes the weekly commute to campus all the way from Arkansas. Read his Q&A below for more.

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born in Virginia. My dad was in the Navy, but I grew up in Missouri, around Springfield. My wife and I have been in Arkansas now for six years.

Q: Why did you move to Arkansas...Read More

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