Hometown: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Creative Writing
- Washington and Lee Men's Varsity Basketball
- Assistant Head Resident Advisor
- Beta Theta Pi Fraternity
- First Year Leadership Council Advisor (Junior Year)
- First Year Leadership Council Member (First Year)
- Lego Robotics Volunteer at Waddell Elementary
- Washington and Lee Student Consulting
- First Year Class President
- ITS Student Help Desk
- Lenfest Box Office Attendant
- Science of Cooking (CHEM 155): Italy
- The West of Ireland (ENGL 388): Ireland
- Deutsche Bank Global Operations and Technology Internship (Sophomore and Junior year)
Favorite W&L Memory: Going to Florida with the basketball team my freshman year. Hands down the greatest trip of my life. My first year was rough, but going down to Florida with all of my new best friends really made me feel like W&L was my new home. I even made a video of the trip when I went back home for winter break of the pictures and clips that I took because I enjoyed the trip so much. Being able to play football on the beach in December wasn't too bad either.
Favorite Class: English 201: Poetry (Creative Writing Workshop) with Professor Miranda.
What's your passion? Writing. This is very surprising because when I came to college I never would have thought I would enjoy it as much as I do now. It gives me a new voice, sometimes one that I can make up, and lets me see things from different perspectives. I enjoy putting myself inside the shoes of others to find ways to understand and interact with them on their level, instead of making assumptions. It also helps me express myself when things aren't going as planned, so it's a great coping mechanism.
What's something people wouldn't guess about you? I was a powder-puff cheerleader, and embraced it to the absolute fullest.
What professor has inspired you? I have to put my basketball coaches here, who I not only think of as a coaches, but as a friends and mentors--Coach Hutchinson and Coach Ey. We have a love-hate relationship, and that's just the nature of the beast. It's tough to love someone through all of the mistakes they make, and I definitely have made the most mistakes on the basketball court. The reason they have inspired me so much is because they demand every player to be the best they can be. They believe in each and every player and see the potential each player has day in and day out, and they push them towards that potential every day. It can be mentally, emotionally and physically taxing, but the more I reflect on the things that they say, the more I realize that their intentions are solely to bring the best out of me, and every player on the team.
Advice for prospective or first-year students? Things don't just happen to you in life; you have to make them happen. You have to decide what you want, and make your decisions work accordingly with your goals.