What is your idea of perfect happiness?
For me, perfect happiness would be having a loving, supportive family, working in a career that I enjoy and finding a way to contribute to my community. These things would be incredibly rewarding and give me a strong sense of purpose.
I also wouldn’t mind winning Starbucks for life.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is failing to make an impact during my life. We are all here to do something special and leave our mark on the world. I have not yet discovered what this is for myself. Although I have plenty of time to find my outlet to make such an impact, I am fearful that something will prohibit me from reaching this goal.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I am definitely critical of myself. Although this aspect of my personality motivates me to produce high quality work, it also causes me to question my abilities. Sometimes, I wish I gave myself more of a break.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I admire Laura Ingalls Wilder and her values. I read the “Little House on the Prairie” series when I was younger and the lessons resonated with me. Laura did a great deal of work for her family and was curious about the world around her. She grew into a strong, independent woman, who raised a family and became a published author. She was an ordinary girl, who did extraordinary things, and I respect that.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
I cannot answer this question without thinking of my roommate, Ashley Renner. We have lived together for three years. When we signed our roommate contract, I would have never guessed that she would be like a sister to me. We joke, argue and everything in-between.
In all seriousness, though, I have met phenomenal people at Indiana State. I feel exceedingly lucky to have a group of faculty members on campus that I can consult for help. Dr. Robert Guell is one of the people in that group, and has had a tremendous impact on my life. He has helped me grow as a student and as a young professional. He is one of the most intelligent people that I know and is always teaching me new things. I can count on him for honest advice, support, and a good laugh. I am extremely thankful to have crossed paths with him.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I would like to be a gymnast. They are skilled in a variety of different events and tricks. Their flexibility and endurance fascinates me. I tried gymnastics, twice actually, once when I was 4 and once when I was in sixth grade, but I was really bad.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is maintaining a 4.0 GPA throughout high school and college. I have put more hours into accomplishing this than I could ever count. I am proud of my dedication toward my education.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would, no doubt, come back as a grandmother. My friends and family frequently say that I am a senior citizen trapped in a 22-year-old body. I could go to bed at 9 p.m., spend my Friday nights curled up on the couch, clean my home every day, wear high-waisted pants, watch the news for as long as I wanted, and eat as many vegetables as I would like, all without judgment.
What do people notice first about you?
I think that people notice my attentiveness. I have been told since I was young that I have strong nonverbal cues that validate that I am listening and comprehending what others say.
What does BLUE mean to you?
BLUE is full of opportunities! I cannot describe how many amazing experiences I have had at Indiana State. All of them resulted from me seizing opportunities and accepting challenges. The faculty, staff, and students at Indiana State are ready to change your life, if you are willing to try new things and push yourself.