By Kelsey Baska
Guys it’s official; I graduate next year. Yep that’s right; I’m a five year senior and feelin’ it. But that means that I have to start getting serious about my life because before you know it I’ll actually have to admit that I’m an adult. It’s kind of weird that being a grownup is coming in hot. But I’m also secretly excited because that means I get start to wearing professional business clothing to work and maybe I’ll have my own office or cubicle or something. But lately I’ve been feeling pretty inspired by some successful women and I wanted to share them all with you.
Brittany Howard is the lead singer and guitarist of the Grammy Award winning band Alabama Shakes. By now, I’m sure you’ve all heard how talented this band is. But my main obsession is Howard’s vocals. I mean, she has the most magical voice I have heard in a long time; it’s remarkably stunning and extremely powerful. This year was a big year for Alabama Shakes. Not only did Apple use their song “Sound and Color” for one of their advertisements but the band also made a huge sweep at the Grammys. They won Best Rock Song, Best Alternative Music Album, and Best Rock Performance. I mean they are killing it. If you haven’t already, go listen to their latest album. Every track is phenomenal; there isn’t a song on that that I don’t like. And if you haven’t purchased your Buzz Beach Ball 2016 tickets, go do so because they are headlining and I can’t wait to hear them live.
Aliza Licht is one powerhouse of a woman. As SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and Twitter personality DKNY PR GIRL, she is definitely someone to follow if you are interested in pursuing a career in social media or fashion. I just finished her book Leave Your Mark and it’s amazing. She writes about her personal experiences and how she was able to become successful by working hard and learning from the people around her. She also gives a lot of tips and provides professional guidance on how to land your dream job. After finishing the book, I felt inspired to do my best and take advantage of my current internship by soaking up as much information as possible from my bosses and peers. Her book is literally a crash course on how to get where you want to be and her lessons are definitely applicable to anyone, no matter what your major is.
Dr. Jane Rose has quickly become one of my favorite professors here at the University of Kansas. She is the Director of The Agency, which is KU’s new student media organization in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Seriously, just google her; the woman is legit. I’m currently enrolled in her Journalism 201 class and it’s been a great experience so far. I seriously recommend taking one of her classes, whether you’re a journalism major and it’s required or if you’re just looking for a rad elective course. I trust her knowledge and I respect her so much. You can tell that she’s really passionate about what she does and genuinely strives to give you real life lessons that you can apply to your future career. Not to mention her wardrobe is so chic I can’t even handle it. She wears black almost every day and one time she wore a pair of leather pants to her lecture and I immediately went out and bought a pair for myself.