Kaylee Pratt

Communication Major, Journalism Concentration '15

For Kaylee Pratt it seems it was a draw of her genetic composition that brought her to Castleton as she stands third in a line of Pratt women to wear 343 green.

“My mom and sister went there so I spent a considerable amount of time around the campus,” she said. “I just grew to love the atmosphere and facilities the university had to offer.”

Originally from just across the border in Hampton, NY and a graduate of Granville High School, Pratt said she always envisioned herself returning to the classroom as an elementary school educator. However, early in her college career Castleton helped her to recognize her true passions and reshape her future aspirations.

“I took a communication course and realized that was exactly what I wanted to do with my life and immediately changed my major,” she said. “I love the world of media and how everything is evolving and I want to be a part of that evolution.”

Throughout her studies in communication Pratt said she has worked closely with her advisor and professor of journalism, David Blow. She said he shared his knowledge and background in journalism with her as she took on reporter and co-sports editor positions at The Spartan and helped established contacts for a summer internship with her hometown newspaper.

“He has given me so many opportunities for more involvement in the journalism field and an unlimited amount of advice and support,” said Pratt.

To fuel her love for sports, she also is a member of the women’s volleyball team and a minor is fitness and sports science. She credits professor Andy Weinberg for igniting her interest in the academic aspects of nutrition and athletics.

“I truly respect and am inspired by his position in the fitness and nutrition world,” she said.

The small class sizes created intimate classroom settings which aided to Pratt’s academic success and allowed her to form professional relationships with her professors.

“Castleton has been great for me,” she said. “I had so many great professors and friends who came into my life and I honestly would not change any of it. A lot of great memories were made that I will cherish forever.”