Hometown: Independence, MO
Majors: Computer Science and English
- W&L Independent Women
- Cantatrici (Women's Choir)
- ITS Help Desk
- Shakespeare in Performance, London, Spring 2014
- Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Conference, in Baltimore, Minneapolis, and Phoenix, October 2012, 2013, and 2014
- 12-week internship with Salesforce, San Francisco, CA, Summer 2014
Post-Graduation Plans: Technical Writer for Salesforce
Favorite W&L Memory: Pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and playing Cordelia in a student production of King Lear my first year here. I'd only acted once before.
Favorite Class: Definitely my Write 100 class with Professor (now Dean) Keen, Schools of Magic. Dean Keen is an amazing professor, and I'm lucky that I got to take a few classes with her. Plus the reading list was amazing: we read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, The Magicians, and Ender's Game, to name a few.
Favorite W&L Event: Independent Big/Little week! Cory Walker and I have organized this week of gift-giving from upperclassmen girls to the new Independent first-year students for the past two years. It's so much fun to shower a new first year girl with gifts every year, especially since I have such fond memories of what my own Big did for me.
Favorite Campus Landmark: The Colonnade. I love the walk from the Colonnade toward Hillel once the leaves have turned in the fall.
What's something people wouldn't guess about you? Probably my love for most genres of music, including but not limited to hard rock, pop, country, Disney songs, songs from musicals, and every piece of choral music I've ever sang for choir.
Why did you choose W&L? I knew that I wanted to go to a school with great academics where I would be surrounded by students who were as excited as I was about learning. I chose W&L because I knew I'd get an education I could be proud of. I also loved the idea of the Honor System, and it's just as wonderful in practice as it is in theory. I love having the freedom to schedule my own exams on the best day of the week for me.
Advice for prospective or first-year students? Base your choices on your knowledge of yourself. What is right for someone else may not be right for you, so making decisions based on what everyone else is doing or based on what others want you to do is unlikely to make you happy.
What do you wish you'd known before you came to campus? You can join choir even if you can't sight-read music very well! I put off trying out for choir until my junior year because I hadn't sung in a choir since 7th grade and thought I wasn't qualified. I was wrong, and I could have enjoyed four full years in Cantatrici if I had tried out sooner.