Featured Student of the Week – Derek Knopp

18 - Derek KnoppName: Derek Knopp

Major: Psychology and Criminal Justice

Hometown: Herington, Kansas

Nominated by: Brian Kinnaird, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Involvements (sports, clubs, organizations): Basketball, Psi Chi, Big Brothers Big Sisters

Plans for the future: After Bethany I plan on attending graduate school for Forensic Psychology, after that there are many options!


Why did you choose to go to Bethany? I chose to go to Bethany because I wanted to continue playing basketball and I also thought that all of the professors I met on my visit were much more personable than professors from other KCAC schools I visited.

What has been your favorite memory from college? I have too many memories with my friends to just pick one favorite memory.

What drives you as a person? I want to be able to make a positive impact on the world every day, even if that impact is something as small as making someone smile or laugh when they are having a rough day.

What is a special talent you possess? Uhh keep this on the DL, but……I can fly.

What are your hobbies? Playing campus golf, real golf, basketball, camping, hanging out with friends, running, and riding bikes.

What is something very few people know about you? I competed in my first triathlon this past summer and enjoyed it so much that it could become a lifelong hobby.

Favorite food? Sweet Potatoes and Brisket

Favorite place to eat? Johnny Carino’s

Favorite beverage? Flavored Iced Teas

Favorite TV show? Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones

Favorite book? The Hunger Games Series

Favorite class? Social Psychology

Favorite movie? The Lion King or Finding Nemo

Favorite band? Mumford and Sons

Favorite holiday? Thanksgiving

Favorite website? YouTube

Favorite actor? Will Smith

Favorite quote? “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” – Albert Pine

Favorite pro team? Seattle Seahawks

Favorite college team? University of Kansas Jayhawks

Morning or night? Night

Eat out or cook? Depends on my mood

Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Steak or fish? Steak

Rap or rock? Rock

Country or pop? Either

Dance or sing? Sing

What is your current ring tone? One of the default iPhone ringers

What is your current desktop picture? One of the default pictures

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