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Zack Ryle, Class of 2012

 


"The Spirit Makes The Master" represents the spirit that is uniquely found on this campus that allows students, and consequently alumni, to be the masters of their future. I am so grateful for the part WKU has played in my life and making me who I am today!"


 

Zack's Story

Coming from Boone County, WKU was not a school normally talked about.  In fact, only a few students I knew from Conner High School had made the 2 hour and 45 minute trip to Bowling Green for their college careers.  I visited a few other schools, but nothing really blew me away.  Then I received an invitation for a Focus on WKU event in 2005, and my dad and I decided we would go because we both loved college football. Little did I know how much that visit would change my life.  As soon as I stepped foot on campus, I knew this was where I wanted to be.  I felt a sense of family and spirit that was unmatched at any school I had visited, and that’s before I stepped into the nationally-renowned School of Journalism and Broadcasting.  My decision was made on that day.

Opportunities were abound at WKU, and for the next 5 years, I wanted to take advantage of every opportunity available to me.  My first two years, I had the opportunity to be a videographer on WKU’s football team and film every practice and game.  My sophomore year brought a new opportunity as Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) joined WKU’s Greek Life and I became an alpha class member.  This organization gave me not only some great leadership opportunities, but also allowed me to meet some of my closest friends.  Another opportunity that I relish is my time with the Spirit Masters, which are the official ambassadors to the University.  This organization allowed me to grow not only as a leader, but as a professional.

My focus from day one though was to earn my degree in Broadcast News from one of the top schools in the nation.  I was challenged daily from some of the best broadcasting faculty in the country and had the opportunity to report and anchor on air starting as a sophomore.  During my sophomore year, another opportunity came knocking, and I, along with a dozen other students interested in sports, got to start WKU’s first student-run sports show, The Extra Point.  In May of 2012, I graduated with a double major in Broadcast News and Sport Management and continued on at WKU to complete a Masters degree in Sport Administration with a focus in Media and Branding.  

WKU has meant so much to me, not just professionally, but personally.  I met my wife at WKU.  My brother also graduated from WKU.  My parents, although alumni of another school, are proud WKU supporters.  So when I look at WKU’s mottos “Life More Life” and  “The Spirit Makes The Master,” I see so much more than words on paper.  “Life More Life” is represented by those around me that I wouldn't know if not for WKU.  "The Spirit Makes The Master" represents the spirit that is uniquely found on this campus that allows students, and consequently alumni, to be the masters of their future.  I am so grateful for the part WKU has played in my life and making me who I am today!

Zack is currently the Assistant Director of Admissions and Public Relations for The Gatton Academy.

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