What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of perfect happiness is just being content and happy in the present with what you have and what you are doing with your life. Not dwelling on the past, or worrying about the future. It is being comfortable in your own skin and being yourself.
What is your greatest fear?
My greatest fear is losing the people who I love and care about. My family and friends are very dear to me.
What trait do you like least about yourself?
I wish I had more self-confidence, and that I didn’t overthink every situation.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I am inspired by Anne Sullivan. Anne Sullivan was the teacher of Helen Keller. She is an inspiration to many teachers with her passion and patience. I want to be a special education teacher when I graduate from Indiana State University, and I hope to have the passion, patience and ability to understand like Anne Sullivan. I can identify with her because she was a voice for Helen Keller, and I hope to be a voice for students with special needs.
Who is someone you’ve met at Indiana State you’ll remember the rest of your life?
I have met so many people at Indiana State University that I will remember for the rest of my life and that have had a positive impact on me. I have met some of my best friends here, my boyfriend, Aaron Hill, who I am so grateful to have met on campus the first week of my freshman year, and my best friend Gretchen Sherrill, my go-to person for life and anything education-related. I have also had some amazing host teachers who I have met through the education program that have been so helpful in teaching me how to become a teacher and allowing me to observe and assist in their classrooms. They have given me tips and confidence that will help me throughout my entire career.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could sing. I love listening to music and singing when I am alone in the car but have zero musical talent.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
In certain aspects, I feel like I have not met my greatest achievement yet. I know I have accomplished many things in life so far, but they are not near what I hope to accomplish in the future. If I were to choose my greatest accomplishment so far, it would be right now, going to college, breaking out of my comfort zone, moving away from my parents and becoming a teacher. I have been able to keep straight A’s all through college so far, and I am in the Honors College. If you would have asked me five years ago about college, I would have said I wanted to stay at home and do online classes, or go to a college in Evansville. I am so glad I chose Indiana State University and branched out of my comfort zone.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I would come back as a squirrel. I have a short attention span, and I am easily distracted by the smallest things. Squirrels are also one of my favorite animals because they are so cute and tiny.
What do people notice first about you?
I had to ask a few friends about this one, because I was not quite sure what people first notice about me. I have come to the conclusion that most of the time people first notice my eyes, my quietness and my insane organization skills. I talk very quietly when people first meet me or when I am in classes, but outside of classes and with my best friends, it’s a totally different story. I also love to organize; I organize everything around me and cannot stand anything out of place. Everyone always comments on my organization obsession.
What does BLUE mean to you?
BLUE is my entire life right now. It means:
B: busting out of my comfort zone
L: learning new things (about life, about myself and about my future career)
U: understanding people who are different than myself; and
E: earning a college education.