Meet Cady Newman
When Cady Newman’s parents sent Kent State’s Admissions Office an urgent email in August, they were both amazed and relieved at the response they received.
Ms. Newman had just moved into her dorm at the University of Akron a few days before classes started when university staff notified her that Akron was discontinuing the athletic training program, and it would be necessary for her to select a new major.
“My parents asked if I could finish the program, and Akron said no, I could change my major or program,” Ms. Newman says. “My parents asked me what I wanted to do. Akron was the only school in which I had applied.”
Ms. Newman’s parents, Paul and Elaine Newman, immediately began emailing colleges. One email to Kent State’s Admissions Office paved the way for Ms. Newman to tour the university, visit the athletics department and talk to people in the athletic training program.
Elaine Newman says she was “amazed and shocked” that Kent State was able to enroll her daughter and get her into a residence hall so quickly.
“I contacted Ted McKown II (Associate Director) of the Admissions Office and he got back to me right away,” Elaine Newman says. “He said he would do whatever he could to make her transfer happen. Without him, I don’t know what we would have done. I was totally impressed.”
Mr. McKown says Kent State often has families that need a quick turn around with admissions and university staff loves working with them to help meet their needs.
“We pride ourselves on how we help applicants get through the process in a timely manner,” says Mr. McKown, who ushered Ms. Newman through the process. “We (admissions) worked with the Kent State family to help get her enrolled. It’s how we do business at Kent State. We are very student-centric here. Kent State is willing to do whatever it takes to help students accomplish their dreams and goals.”
Before Ms. Newman learned that Akron had discontinued her program, her college plans were set.
Ms. Newman had dreamed of attending the University of Akron since the age of 15, when she accompanied her sister Halle there for a college visit. In August, she arrived on campus, moved into the honors dorm and was lucky enough to have her own room and bathroom.
She had arrived at Akron a few days early for color guard practice before hearing the news of her program’s demise. In between tears and anxiety about the loss of her major, she had a profound decision to make which would affect her future.
“I didn’t want to change my major – this wasn’t an option. I thought, I could go to a school I like and do something that I don’t want to do for the rest of my life, or I can change schools and live my dream. I went back to my parents and told them I want to change schools.”
Ms. Newman had never visited Kent State until she and her parents came here on the day she enrolled. She had already missed one day of classes.
“They (Kent State staff) said no pressure, but you have to make a decision. I was scared. This was all so overwhelming. Kent is so much larger and spread out than Akron. But I said, okay, I can learn the campus.”
Ms. Newman attends Honors College and lives in Centennial Hall. She has two friends here from her high school in Parma. And she loves the campus and downtown Kent.
“I feel good now, though I am a little tired,” Ms. Newman said with a laugh. “All of my teachers said, ‘if you need help with your major classes let us know.’ Everyone asked me ‘how did you get in so quickly?’ I said the people at Kent State work magic.”