What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is free pizza every day for everyone. But really … my idea of perfect happiness is simply a carefree day spent with friends and family. I would wake up early to go fishing with my grandpa, come back in time to get out on the lake in my hometown for water skiing with my mom and brother, and finish the night by a bonfire next to the pasture in my backyard with friends.
What is your greatest fear?
I used to think that my greatest fear was failure. My time at ISU has taught me that there is no success without failure, and that it is a central part of the growing process. I have failed, and failed hard at that, enough times in achieving things I wanted to realize that what is actually important in the effort put in along the way. It isn’t about the destination, but rather about the journey. Now, my greatest fear is not putting in enough work towards my goals.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I haven’t quite figured out how to say “no,” and I’m not sure how to not be busy. This amounts to a schedule loaded enough to scare the U.S. president himself and Pop Tart dinners on the go. I think I saw my poor roommates for maybe eight whole minutes last semester!
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I would say I identify with Rosa Parks. She has more courage in her pinky finger than I have in my whole body, but I try to emulate her conviction and dignity (and my mom would tell you I have her stubbornness, too!). The women in my life, my mother and late grandma Sherry, are my role models for their strength and willpower. They taught me early on that nothing good every comes easy and that I must be able to independently stand up (or sit down in Rosa Parks’ case) for what I believe in.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
My former boss at ISU Student Support Services, Debbie Huckabee, is one of the most remarkable individuals I have met in my entire life. She has this Southern charm to her that can send you to the floor laughing with her witty remarks or make you run off with your tail between your legs when she puts you in your place. Above all, I will remember her for the open love and selfless kindness that she gives to everyone who steps in her door. She did more for me at this university than she will ever know and I cannot thank her enough.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Photographic memory. That would have made the many nights camped out in the science building studying much easier!
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I believe that my greatest achievement is becoming someone who others trust enough to turn to for help, comfort, friendship, etc. Knowing how much I respect and admire the people I turn to in my times of need, I feel honored that I can be that person for my family and friends.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
If I could choose, I would come back as my mom’s 6lb miniature poodle that I refer to as my replacement after I left for college. That dog has more toys, eats more food, and gets more haircuts than I do! I wouldn’t mind having my greatest stressor being how many naps I want to take any given day.
What do people notice first about you?
I think people first notice my height. I am 5’10”, which is fairly average in my hometown. It wasn’t until I got to college that I noticed how often I was bending down in pictures to the level of everyone else to make sure my head actually fit in the shot!
What does BLUE mean to you?
BLUE to me means putting yourself out there! It means getting involved into anything and everything you are interested in. It’s how you make connections, find what you’re good at, and how you make your mark on ISU. I am leaving ISU knowing there is absolutely nothing I left undiscovered and nothing I wished I would have done differently. Believe me, four years goes faster than you think so own every second of it. ISU orientations used to play the song “I Lived” by OneRepublic for incoming freshman. If you treat college like the words in that song, you’ll enjoy the same Sycamore pride that I will always carry with me.