Hometown: Shoreview, Minnesota
Concentration: Environmental Studies
Study Abroad: Budapest, Hungary
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Vanilla – it’s so good on its own yet works so well with other flavors.
Best Adjective to Describe You: Optimistic
In 10 words or less, why should someone want to be a part of this department?
"One touch of nature makes the whole world kin." - William Shakespeare
When did you know you wanted to study this area? What pathway led you to this department?
There was no one moment that I knew. If you believe that life is a journey, then studying the environment is just one portion of the trail – a particularly enlightening and beautiful portion.
What is the best way to get (and stay) connected to this department?
Talk, study, and work with other environmentally just students through related classes and student organizations like Farms to K, the Kalamazoo Outing Club, and Digging In Renewable Turf (DIRT).
What would you miss the most if you were no longer a part of this department?
I would miss the fun, conscientious, thoughtful, and friendly people that are drawn to the department and make it so meaningful.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
Law School? Outdoor Education or Wilderness Trip Leading? Finally writing my novel? Seeing as much of the world as I can, working for a better future, and meeting as many cool people along the way as possible.
What has been the biggest surprise you have encountered at K?
I actually made it to senior year.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
This department enlightens my conscience and informs many philosophies that connect to every aspect of my life and identity as a responsible citizen.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
Population and Community Ecology because it involved Binney Girdler, sand dunes, and waders.
What is your SIP?
I am telling the stories of outdoor educators by writing a creative nonfiction SIP rooted in the connections between civilization and the wild.