An Honors College graduate, Kelsey earned a B.S. in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Music from Western Carolina University's College of Arts and Sciences in May 2013. She was a member of the Pride of the Mountains marching band, BCM president, and worked on a research project studying song sparrow behavior during her undergraduate career at WCU. Kelsey is now enrolled at North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine in the Class of 2017. She plans to obtain her D.V.M. degree and work to enrich and enhance the lives of all animals she encounters during her career.
"It has always been my dream to be a veterinarian, and Western Carolina University provided the best opportunities for me to prepare for veterinary school admissions. The Biology Department supported me and gave me ample research experience both in the lab and in hands-on fieldwork that strengthened my application for admission into the College of Veterinary Medicine at NC State. Western also provided me with the ability to pursue other passions of mine, such as music, where I was able to study piano and oboe music minors. Thanks to Western Carolina University, I could not have had a better undergraduate experience."