Normally, the College of Arts and Letters honors its nominees for Outstanding Graduating Senior with a banquet. Since that’s not possible this year, we’re letting the public get to know the honorees here on our website.
McKenna Kiesling is the Outstanding Senior nominee from the Department of Philosophy. She is receiving a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Law. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her studies, and has also participated in NAU’s Blue Key Honor Society and the Student Philanthropy Council. She was also a primary investigator in a Hooper Undergraduate Research Award project focused on immigration policy and as a teaching assistant for philosophy and statistics courses.
The variety of activities McKenna participated in helped her learn the importance of trying new things in her college years. “By applying to different clubs, programs, and scholarships, many of which I wasn’t sure I was good enough for, I opened up so many amazing doors for myself to experience new friendships, great opportunities, and fantastic personal and intellectual growth,” she said.
McKenna’s professors praise her ability to absorb difficult concepts and theories and use them almost immediately. In her nomination letter, they said she was an example for others, and distinguished herself in class discussions and was always well prepared and focused.
McKenna says those peers and professors are what she’ll miss most now that her time at NAU is drawing to a close. “So many people I have met here have changed my life in ways they probably do not even know, and I will be forever grateful,” she said.
McKenna will spend the next year serving with AmeriCorps in Phoenix. After that, she says the plan is to attend law school “so I can become an environmental sustainability lawyer and better protect our beautiful planet.”