Alecia Kissel is from the small town of Haubstadt, Indiana and attended high school at Mater Dei in Evansville. As a lifelong Hoosier from rural Indiana, she is proud of her roots including that fact that she essentially grew up in corn. Alecia graduated from Marian University in May 2015 with a degree in communication. While at Marian, she was heavily involved as a speech team member, a tutor in the writing and speaking centers, member of the Sacred Choir, and as student editor for the Byrum School of Business A-Teams course. She also completed three internships: one at a nonprofit organization, one a local HR staffing firm, and one at Marian.
After graduation and a quick trip to Europe, Alecia started her job as an admission counselor. Most of what she does includes helping students from southwestern Indiana and Kentucky through their college search and Marian’s application process. “College is your first big decision as an adult, the equivalent to buying a house or brand new car. It’s more important though because this is four years of your life! My advice to you is to take lots of time reflecting before making a decision. For example, after a campus visit, actively think about how you felt on the campus and about the people you met. It’s important to me that your college search is a stress-free and exciting process. I’m so passionate about this work not only because I was terrible at the college search (missing deadlines and not being well-informed) but also because I love Marian University.”
I cannot remember when I officially knew that I was coming to Marian, but boy was it the place I needed to be. The community and Franciscan tradition are what I love most about this place. Staff and faculty are invested in student success because we care. Professors post extra office hours so students can meet with them outside of class. Sr. Norma is at almost every athletic event cheering on the Knights. After every speech tournament, we even got her emails that said ‘CONGRATULATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS, CONGRATULATIONS’!”
The Franciscan tradition is embedded in the fibers of our university. Anyone who graduates from Marian knows the Franciscan values acknowledging the dignity of each person and our responsibility to care for creation. Ultimately, Marian helps students become who they were meant to be as a person and professional. Our graduates give back to the community, are informed on world issues, and use their voices to make a difference. “I know my purpose in life thanks to Marian University because I was challenged and cared for in and outside the classroom. It’s my second home, and I hope it becomes yours too.”
Just some other random things about Alecia: she is having the time of her life living in downtown Indianapolis with her fluffy cat, Molly. Alecia is a HUGE foodie because “I am hungry all the time and food has become an experience in itself. Of course, my meals are documented on Snapchat.” In Europe, she tried sea urchin and octopus for the first time and says she is still trying to work up the courage to try an Evansville ‘brain sandwich.”
If you ever need a food recommendation for Indianapolis, Alecia has you covered. She is also excited to be an assistant coach for Marian’s speech team this fall. “I competed in speech for ten years and couldn’t stay away long. If Marian is my second home, Marian's speech team is my second family."