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Billiken Profiles: Kaiya Luneckas

When sophomore Kaiya Luneckas isn't on the field with Saint Louis University's Division I Billiken Softball team, she's connecting with other students, exploring SLU's beautiful campus and getting to know her professors.

Kaiya Luneckas

Kaiya Luneckas (photographed by Camron Morrissey, Class of 2022)

Year: Sophomore

Major: Psychology

Minor: Nutrition, Health and Wellness

Hometown: West Branch, Iowa

Clubs and Organizations: Billiken Softball, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Student-Athlete Mentors (SAM), and Labre

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Iowa where my four sisters and I were able to spend lots of time outside, which cultivated my love nature and seeing the beauty in all of God’s creations. I love spending time on my numerous hobbies, which include playing the ukulele, cooking and painting. I keep a busy schedule like most SLU students, so I have learned how to manage my time well and prioritize things. 

How I Choose My Major 

I came into college undecided and used my freshman year to take lots of exploratory classes to figure out what I like. I ended up loving my psychology and nutrition classes. I decided to major in psychology because I love being able to help and serve others ,and this is a great career path to do that. 

Academic Highlights 

One of my highlights has to be being Professor Tommy DeRossett’s student in Reseach Methods and Stastics! Psychology research is not my favorite part of psychology, but Professor Tommy made the class so fun and was there for all of us as students during a tough 2021 fall. He is just one example of the amazing professors at SLU.

Favorite Thing About SLU's Campus

My favorite place on campus has to be the ponds and walking path near the softball field. They are so beautiful and give a great place to go for a walk, have a picnic or to sit in a hammock. 

Favorite Things To Do Off Campus in St. Louis

My favorite things to do in St. Louis all share the same things: food, fellowship and fun. There are so many places to eat in St. Louis, some of my favorites include Seole Taco and Rise Coffeehouse. St. Louis offers a bunch of things to do outside like the zoo, Forest Park and visiting the Arch.

I grew up living in the country, so moving to a bigger city like St. Louis has provided me with a lot of new experiences and also challenges. I love solving problems and helping people with whatever I can. 

Advice for Your College Search

Deciding on a college is no easy decision, my advice is find a school that provides you with the academics and community that can help you thrive. For me, SLU gave me the perfect combination of high academics and also professors who care deeply about their students. The community SLU provides is so inclusive and welcoming. 

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