Freshman Friday: Katie Chappell

Katie Chappell is a freshman literature and French major. | Submitted Photo
When you meet someone unstoppable, determined and different from the rest, you will notice—or at least I did when I met Katie Chappell.
Katie Chappell is a freshman literature and French major. | Submitted Photo
Katie Chappell is a freshman literature and French major. | Submitted Photo

 

Chappell is a freshman double major in literature and French from Camdenton, Missouri. Originally, she wanted nothing more than to go to Wheaton College, but after finding Union, she fell in love with the environment and the fact that it was just close enough to home without being too close.

If being a double major is not enough, Chappell is also a part of the Honors Community here on campus. She also hopes to both be in choir and play in the orchestra.

Chappell also is a writer for the Odyssey, an online blog composed by students. She has written five or six articles, and her favorite one is entitled, “Bald is Beautiful.”

Being a freshman and trying to find your place can be a lot to handle, especially when you don’t know any other students, but Chappell also has to deal with her disorder.

Chappell has something called alopecia areata.

“It’s as if the immune system gets confused and thinks the hair follicles are bad to the body so the immune system attacks them,” said Chappell.

She discovered at the very young age of four that she had this disorder and fully lost all of her hair when she was in the eighth grade.

Chappell keeps her head high and has a positive attitude despite all of the concerned looks and people often asking if she has cancer. This beautiful person doesn’t let her disorder get her down but continues to find her beauty and identity through Christ, while also using it as a way to share her testimony.

“The confidence I have about it and the fact the I make jokes about it too just makes people kind of forget about it,” Chappell.

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Julie Robinson, class of 2017, is a public relations major and business management minor. She's from Murfreesboro, TN and loves all things outdoors, Atalnta Braves, and ESPN.