Hometown: Yarmouth, Maine
- Varsity Field Hockey, Captain
- Generals Leadership Academy, Graduate of 2014
- Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology
- R.E. Lee Summer Research Scholar
- JubiLee a capella group
- Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority
- Rho Gamma Recruitment Advisor
- Fancy Dress Steering Committee
- Spring 2014 & 2015 Lexington Youth Lacrosse Coach
Post-Graduation Plans: Starting this July, I will pursue my Ph.D. in Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience at University of California, Santa Barbara.
Favorite W&L Memory: The field hockey preseason trip this year. We traveled to Memphis, Tennessee and played four games in five days. It was a really special experience to spend that time with the team focused on our opening games before classes even started. We got to spend a lot of quality time together, and we toured St. Jude's Children Hospital and the National Civil Rights Museum. It was a busy, exhausting trip, but I'd do it again in a heartbeat!
Favorite Class: Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination with Dr. Woodzicka. The class was a small seminar class with mostly psychology majors and some poverty minors. I loved the class not only for the content and discussions we had, but also because of the professor. Dr. Woodzicka is incredibly passionate about her research and she spreads her passion to her students. Plus, she's hilarious.
Favorite W&L Activity: Call me crazy, but when I look back at the past four years some of my fondest memories are of preseason. Coming back to Lexington for preseason, seeing all of my teammates, and meeting the incoming players was always one of the most exciting times of the year. The following two weeks of fitness tests, two-a-days, and ice baths were exhausting and painful but one of the greatest bonding experiences between a group of twenty individuals you can ever have. I'll definitely be missing my teammates this coming August when I know they are taking the field in the hot and humid Virginia weather.
Favorite Campus Landmark: The field hockey turf field. That is where my W&L experience started when I was a junior in high school attending our summer clinic. The view from the field is something we frequently comment on at practice and a point of pride when we host games. That view, particularly, Washington's statue silhouetted against the Blue Ridge Mountains is part of what made me fall in love with W&L. Besides, with the amount of blood I have left on that field, it's practically part of me.
Why did you choose W&L? My journey to W&L was somewhat different from most. My family ties in Lexington are actually all to VMI with my aunt having grown up in Lexington and on post and my uncle having attended VMI. I hadn't even heard of W&L until my sister chose to attend VMI my sophomore year of high school. I decided to tour campus when I was down visiting my sister for family weekend at VMI and knew I wanted to attend W&L after one visit.
What professor has inspired you? Dr. Whiting. I didn't know Dr. Whiting when I chose to switch to a psychology major, but luckily signed up for his intro class out of interest and knew immediately that I wanted to pursue research similar to his own. The majority of my research experience is from my work in his Attention Lab and I will be joining an Attention Lab at UCSB as I pursue my Ph.D. Dr. Whiting was an instrumental guide as I navigated the graduate school application process and I owe a large part of my success to his guidance and support.
Advice for prospective or first-year students? Don't be afraid to change your mind. I remember the day that I called home to tell my parents that I was switching my major. The entire decision process lasted roughly ten minutes and I felt immediate relief and excitement to pursue a field that I truly wanted to dive into and learn as much as I could about. I am beyond excited for my potential future in research and can only imagine the reaction my freshmen year self would have if you told me what I would be doing post-graduation.