What is your idea of perfect happiness? Traveling, learning and teaching.
What is your greatest fear? Fish. I’m absolutely terrified of fish. One time I was swimming in a river and a fish bit me on the foot, and I couldn’t get out of the water fast enough.
What trait do you like least about yourself? I definitely wish I had a stronger sense of coordination. The number of doors and floors I have connected with is too many.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? She’s not exactly a historical figure, and I’m not sure I can really say that I identify with her, but I really admire Malala Yousafzai. I think she’s incredibly brave for campaigning for girls’ and women’s rights as she has, and she’s done so much at such a young age.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life? There are so many people. All the professors in the languages, literatures and linguistics department impacted me significantly, as they really invest their time and energy into their students, and they all really encouraged me throughout my college career.
Which talent would you most like to have? I’ve been studying Arabic for the last three years, and it’s my dream to someday speak it fluently.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I’m proud of all I have accomplished during college, but I’m especially honored to say that I have been selected to receive a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mexico for 2015-2016.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? I think I could definitely come back as a whale, though I realize this goes directly against my fear of fish. I’m not sure why I would come back as a whale; maybe it’s just because I really like whales.
What do people notice first about you? It depends on where I’m at in the world. I travel a lot, and so when I’m outside the U.S., obviously my foreignness is what sticks out most, and people often play a guessing game of where I’m from (Answers: Usually Germany, which makes sense consider that my ancestors were from Germany, and then people guess the U.S.). Within the U.S., people tend to notice that I’m a little quiet. However, people seem to be surprised by how much I tend to open up after a bit of time.
What does BLUE mean to you? To me, BLUE means encouragement and acceptance. I transferred to ISU as a sophomore with perhaps not the highest expectations. I had transferred from a smaller school, so I expected for there to be less opportunities at ISU, and for me not to receive as personalized attention. But this wasn’t the case at all. I felt accepted at ISU, and I learned to make my own opportunities. It was ultimately a move for the best.