Hometown: Algoma, WI; Twin Cities, MN
Majors: Psychology and Biology
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Raspberry Chocolate-Chip
Best Adjective to Describe You: Open-minded
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Understanding the mind and behavior is fascinating and broadly applicable.
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
My goal of understanding the mental-wellness component of health drew me to the psychology department. I return to the department for the opportunity to study under dynamic faculty who teach interactive, diverse courses.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Take advantage of office hours. Professors want students to succeed, and office hours are built into their schedules to provide extra help and clarification of course material. Alternative meeting times may be arranged to accommodate class schedules.
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
Psychology intersects with the natural sciences that interest me. Together they explain workings of the brain and behavior. The areas of addiction and human development particularly interest me. My work with the campus group Active Minds and with off-campus organizations has related to psychology.
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Growth continues in adulthood. It happens in expected and new directions, especially in a liberal arts environment.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
One of my favorites was Drugs and Addiction in the psychology department. The mixture of psychology, natural science, policy, and history was taught in an unbiased manner that encouraged student discussion. The mixture funneled my different interests into one course.
What is your SIP?
I am examining the effects of climate, competition, and topography on forest structure in the Rocky Mountain region, including Wyoming where my family has acreage. My SIP reflects my investment in the environmental health of the region and desire to experience biology field work.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I would like to convey academia’s understanding of health and science topics to the public via a traditional teaching role, reporting, or community outreach programs.