What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is being confident in myself and knowing I am in a position in life where I am able to help others. And sugar cookies. I really love sugar cookies.
What is your greatest fear?
My biggest fear is not being enough. The idea of not being sufficient in a job or a relationship scares me, especially if it is something I am very passionate about. Whether it be not getting a high enough grade, being late or missing a deadline, I am always worried I will let someone down.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
The trait I least like about myself is that I am often too emotionally involved in situations that really aren’t necessary. Because of this, I get very stressed over small circumstances and things I cannot change.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I think I most identify with Rosie the Riveter. She was known to be very involved and had a positive mindset, which is similar in how I present myself.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
There are many people here at State I am going to remember. Two important people who stand out are Paige Harker (my best friend) and Dr. Van Hoveln (my organic chemistry professor). These two stand out specifically because of all the things they have helped me with. Whether it be family matters, academics or even just having fun and cracking a few jokes, I know they are always available and willing to help. And I guess Justin Kidwell (my boyfriend) — he’s cool, too.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I had photographic memory. It would make college a lot easier.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My greatest achievement is where I am now. Just like everyone else, there have been many things I had to overcome in order to stand where I am today. I am not only the first person in my family to attend college, but also I am the first to graduate high school. I come from a very small town and a low-income family. The involvement, scholarships and opportunities that State has offered are easily my greatest achievement.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
If I could die and come back as somebody else, it would be Amanda Hobson, because who doesn’t love Amanda Hobson? For those of you that don’t know who she is, you should learn. She is the assistant dean of students and director of the Women’s Resource Center.
What do people notice first about you?
A lot of people notice how energetic I am. I usually hear something like, “Why are you so happy?” or “How do you have this much energy this early in the morning?” Chances are if you meet me, I am probably jumping around or laughing at the top of my lungs.
What does BLUE mean to you?
Right now, Blue means nearly everything to me. It means stepping out of your comfort zone and finding things about yourself you wouldn’t have known otherwise. For instance, I had never imagined myself as a member of a sorority, yet here I am, the VP of risk management for Alpha Phi.
Blue means opportunity. I have gone to Ecuador with Timmy Global Health, and I am going to Greece this summer to study abroad. Blue also means meeting new people and experiencing diversity. Coming from a small town, I was very naïve about other cultures and backgrounds. Through my years here, I have been able to immerse myself and expand my knowledge of diversity.
And most importantly Blue means taking risks and learning to grow. College is a huge learning curve. In the time we spend as students here, we expand ourselves emotionally, socially, academically and, in some cases, physically (yes, freshman 15 is a real thing! lol).