On October 14, KU Hillel welcomed Jewish high school juniors and seniors for Hillel on the Hill to show students KU through a Jewish lens.
Three KU Hillel student interns, sophomore Logan Cole and juniors Paige Krug and Brittany Multer, planned a day of tours and activities to meet with KU staff members and see different parts of campus. Other KU students helped lead tours throughout the day as well.
Krug, who attended Hillel on the Hill when she was in high school, said she and the others were happy with how the day turned out and hope they made an impact on the students who attended.
Unlike most college tours, Hillel on the Hill showed prospective students what the Jewish community at KU is like. Junior at the Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy Molly Kavanaugh said the event allowed her to begin her college search more effectively.
“I decided to participate in Hillel in the Hill because I had always heard about the incredible Jewish life at KU, so I wanted to see it for myself,” Kavanaugh said. “As a junior in high school, it was also a great introduction to my own college search.”
Krug said the high schoolers had a chance to meet with a KU admissions representative and ask her questions, but also had the opportunity to ask the KU student interns questions about their own personal experiences at KU.
“The high school students asked us questions and I think us answering them made a big impact on them,” Krug said. “I think they appreciated our opinions as current Jewish students, so they got to see that they can actually have that Jewish community here.”
“I enjoyed taking a walking tour around campus with current KU students,” Kavanaugh said. “We had genuine, interesting conversations about the Jewish college experience at KU.”
The day ended with a Shabbat dinner at the KU Union with KU students of all grades also in attendance. The dinner allowed high schoolers to talk with other college students in a more relaxed setting while enjoying a Shabbat meal on campus.