Jenna Palek


Kent State Unviersity, Freshman

Why did you choose your school and what makes it better than the rest?

I would be lying if I said that Kent State was originally my first choice dream school. I grew up in a family of Kent alum and was determined to start school in a brand new environment and definitely somewhere further than 1 hour from my parents being that I am from Cleveland. However, life has a funny way of working, and my future was destined for Kent. I quickly fell in love with everything about the campus – the black squirrels, our amazing gym facility, smoothies from Prentice, heated sidewalks in the winter, the non-quiet floors of the library, did I mention smoothies from Prentice? Most importantly, I fell in love with the people and all the opportunities that Kent is supplying me with to ensure I succeed. I was hesitant to go to Kent because of the number of people from my hometown that go there. I quickly realized that there are sooooo many people in the world and I get to see new faces everyday. As a fashion student, I have met people from California, Hawaii, Chicago, Pittsburgh, China, and just about anywhere else you can think of. The fashion school at Kent is absolutely incredible and I am thankful everyday that I get to go to our beautiful Rockwell that I ended up at Kent where I belong. The study abroad experiences offered at Kent promise that we will stand out as a future employees in addition to encouraging us to grow culturally while we travel to unfamiliar places and find ourselves. I could go on and on about why I love Kent State but it truly is one of those feelings that you can not explain to someone. Go flashes!

What kind of activities are you involved in? (sorority, theatre, clubs, etc)

Alpha Phi – Assistant Director of Formal Recruitment
FSO – fashion student organization
University Tees Campus manager – I sell and help design custom apparel and promo items for student organizations. There are 5 campus managers at Kent and I am insanely thankful to be one of them!
I am super excited to return in the fall and to take part in many more clubs and organizations.


If you had to choose one social media to use for the year, what would it be and why?

Instagram without a doubt. I love to see what amazing things my friends are doing and where they are going and I think photos help take part in capturing your greatest life events.

What’s your major/what are you thinking of majoring in?

I am studying Fashion merchandising with a minor in business management. Best decision of my life.

Do you have a favorite sports team?


What is a nickname that your friends call you?

In highschool my friends called me “Cieves”, and now my friends at college call me “Jenpal” and “Jen”

Which celebrity would you invite to a dinner party at your house?

Oh my gosh. Nina dobrev. I fell in love with her while watching Vampire Diaries and I have been a huge fan of her and her personality in real life ever since. She and Julianne Hough are my life goals.

What is your go to pre-game song?

My friends don’t usually let me have the aux because my go to is John Mayer and One Republic and they say my music is too “mellow”. I beg to differ.