Hometown: Chaska, MN
What activities/organizations are you involved in?
I'm involved in Campus Ambassadors; giving tours is my favorite thing in the entire world! I'm also Vice President of Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students. (Transfer students make up 25% of the campus!) I'm a member of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), an English Department Ambassador, a Bible study leader for InterVarsity Christian Organization, and an active volleyball player in every season of intramurals. I also got to study abroad in Harlaxton, England, and it was the greatest time of my life. I participated in Leadership Circles and created an event that encouraged students to step outside of their comfort zones and find similarities with people of other cultures and ethnicities. And last but not least: I also hold a part-time job at the campus bookstore!
How was your residence life experience?
I lived in Governors Hall and absolutely loved it. There was always something new and fun going on! The staff was so helpful and kind, and the community of students I found on my floor was a perfect way to meet people. I was constantly surrounded by new friends and old friends; watching movies in the basement, sitting in the hallways doing homework, or trying to squeeze 20 people in a room to take a picture of our dodge ball team… there was hardly ever a dull moment.
What's the best class you've had so far?
I think my favorite class thus far has to be American Sign Language. I’m horrible at learning new languages, but ASL offers something different to their students. I’m excited for class every day!
What's the best advice for getting the most out of college?
Be a “yes” person. If someone invites you to a movie or to have dinner with them, say yes. Invite people to hang out with you. Try new foods, new places, and new classes. Try studying abroad. Go outside of your comfort zone to get the most out of the experiences only college can offer you.
What's the best Blugold tradition/event?
My absolute favorite event we have at UWEC is BOB (Blugold Organizational Bash). All 270 organizations come together on the campus mall so students can sign up to get involved, and they give away tons of free stuff! I still have a plant I got for free from one of the groups my first year here.
Why did you choose UWEC?
From the moment I set foot on this campus, something felt different than any other University I’d visited; it had a welcoming, ‘homey’ feeling to it. I chose UWEC because it quickly became my home away from home. I felt important, welcomed, and cherished here.