Ask Kayley Kempton where she is “from” and she doesn’t have an easy answer. Her father served in the United States Navy for 20 years, so the family moved often: Virginia Beach, Va., for two years; Jacksonville, Fla., for 10 years; Durham and Brunswick in Maine for four years; and Knoxville for four years. Her family has moved on to Patuxent River, Md., but Kempton now calls Johnson City “home.”
When she moved to Knoxville in her junior year of high school, she quickly began looking for ways to become involved in her new school and community. What she found was the Environmental Club.
“I joined the club and became very interested in sustainability and keeping our Earth and resources in good condition,” she says.
At ETSU, she works with campus recycling. “I get to see the amount of resources people can go through from day to day,” she explains. “Sustaining the valuable resources we have is important and necessary.”
A parks and recreation major, Kempton hopes to work outdoors in her future career, perhaps through the Tennessee State Parks system or with the military’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) division.
“I hope to help people enjoy being outdoors as much as I do,” she says. “Being a military kid, I spent a lot of time utilizing the MWR program with my family, and I would like to enrich other people’s lives in the same way.”
Kempton has a favorite hobby, too. “I collect dishes and love looking for antiques,” she notes. “I mainly collect Pyrex and Fire King. I think Depression glass is the most interesting, though. Depression glass was inexpensive or free glassware distributed around the time of the Great Depression. I enjoy items with a story!”Kempton also enjoys ETSU PRIDE Week. “I think PRIDE Week is a great chance to get to know your school and peers,” she says. “It provides opportunities to explore and build a sense of community at ETSU, as well as encourages pride in where you are and what you are doing with your life. I am proud and excited to attend ETSU.”