Student profile: Snell stays engaged

The program was new and uncertain, but that’s what drew her in.

After graduating from Seaman High School in 2016, Kaylee Snell decided to attend Washburn. Her choice hinged on the excitement of joining a school that was welcoming a new athletic program. 

“I chose Washburn for their track and field program. My freshman year was the year this program was introduced,” Snell said. “I saw this as an opportunity to come help build the program and to make an impact.”

Today, Snell is an athletic training major in her junior year. Since joining the track and field team, she has found a home on Washburn’s campus.

Outside of running distance for the track team, Snell has also emerged herself in several other organizations on campus. She is the president of the Spanish Club, a member of the Student Athletic Trainer Society, active in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and a part of Honors Student Council. 

After she graduates in May 2020, Snell would like to continue her education by enrolling in a masters program to become a physician’s assistant. After completing that, she would like to work in orthopedics.

Snell is a second generation Washburn student. Her father, Loren, graduated from Washburn Law School and is currently a practicing lawyer. Her mother, Tricia, is a nurse. She also has two siblings. Her older sister, Danielle, graduated from KU and her younger brother, Tallon, is adopted. He is a distant relative that they were fortunate enough to be able to bring into their family.  

Snell’s favorite color is purple and her favorite food is peanut butter. She likes anything peanut butter except the Reese’s cups with pieces. Running and the outdoors make her happy. She also enjoys traveling. She is the first in her family to travel outside of the U.S., not once but twice. In doing so, Snell has been to England, France and Spain. Spanish culture holds a special place in her heart.

Snell said her love for Spanish began in middle school and she never gave up on the language.

“I enjoy learning in general. Taking on a language is a big thing,” Snell said. “I was intrigued by the experience. It will also be very beneficial to myself and others I will encounter throughout life.”