Featured Grad: Grant Hrabik '21
Hometown: Olathe, KS
Organizations involved in at Doane: Baseball, CAPE, Chess Club, Alpha Pi Epsilon, and Psych/Soc Club
First off — congratulations on reaching graduation! How do you feel as you head into the next phase of your life?
I’m excited to be moving. I think Doane prepared me for the next step in my life and I’m excited to put the skills that I’ve learned to use.
What’s your next step after graduation?
I’ll be attending the University of Kansas to pursue my Juris Doctorate.
How has attending Doane prepared you for your next steps?
Doane has given me the skills to think critically more effectively which is essential for becoming a successful lawyer. I think Doane has also given me better communication skills which is also important for a lawyer.
What do you consider to be the best part of your Doane experience?
The best part of my Doane experience is the people that I met along the way whether that be students or faculty. They really showed me why I chose Doane in the first place and that was the people.
What will you miss the most about being a Doane student?
What I will miss most are the friends that I made during my time here. I think the connections someone makes are really important so having to break some of those connections when I leave is tough.
Who was a major influence for you during your education here, and how have they helped you?
I don’t think there was one person that really influenced my education at Doane but more of an entire department. The History Department, consisting of Dr. Brandi Hilton-Hagemann, Dr. Kim Jarvis, and Dr. Mark Orsag, reinvigorated my passion for history that I had lost during my first year of college. Through their support, I was able to realize my passion for helping others in the best way I thought possible which was becoming a lawyer to help defend the innocent. Whether they realized it or not, these three professors really helped shape my desire for my future profession.
What is something you’re proud of achieving or accomplishing while at Doane?
I think something that I’m proud about achieving while at Doane is graduating in three years while being an athlete.
What advice would you give to incoming students?
One piece of advice I would give incoming students is go to campus events and meet new people, because who knows you may just meet your new best friend or the best man/maid of honor in your wedding.
Finishing a degree is tough to begin with, but especially so in 2020 and 2021 — what has helped you overcome the challenges of the past three semesters?
Something that has helped me overcome these past three semesters was a strong support system and I think that’s an important thing for anyone to have. A strong support system keeps pushing you to do better and better even when you feel like giving up.
Finally — what are you most excited about for your future?
The thing I’m most excited about in my future is just the opportunity to experience a new campus culture by going to KU. I think it’ll be fun to see the difference between a thousand and 29,000 people and how I can fit into that new environment.