Year in School: Senior
Major: Mathematics Education
Hometown: McHenry, IL
Q: Are you reading anything good right now?
A: Yes! I actually just started “The Martian.”
Q: What’s the last song you listened to?
A: Brave: live by Sara Bareilles.
Q: What’s your favorite spot to study on campus?
A: In the Founder’s library basement/café with friends!
Q: Most interesting place you have traveled?
A: Jiquilillo, Nicaragua or Mendoza, Argentina (I can’t pick).
Q: If you could be any fictional character, who would you be and why?
A: Anastasia! She’s the perfect balance of silly and mature.
Q: What are three things you could not live without?
A: Singing, traveling and those I love.
Q: What word or phrase do you most overuse?
A: You do you!
Q: What makes you laugh?
A: I like Dad jokes and puns—when the jokes are so bad that they’re actually great. I also love The Office.
Q: Who do you admire?
A: Rachel Stice, my supervisor! She is superwoman.
Q: On the weekends you like to…?
A: Sleep and spend time with friends.
Q: What is your biggest pet peeve?
A: Unnecessary lying. I’d rather know the truth right away.
Q: What quality do you most admire in a classmate?
A: I think that classroom involvement is especially important. When students are engaged, that’s when magic happens in the classroom. (Future teacher cheesy language, but it’s the truth.)
Q: What quality do you most admire in a professor?
A: I like a professor who is consistent and clear with instruction.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned at NIU?
A: It’s hard to say, but “you do you” has come in handy for me a lot. I have a hard time figuring out what I want from life, and what others want from me, but I have learned to go with my gut. Because of this, I signed up to volunteer abroad and study abroad and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
Q: What was some advice a person gave you when you were young that you still hold onto today?
A: Learn to love yourself.
Q: What is the best part about working on campus?
A: I love working on campus because there are so many different kinds of people. The more time you spend around people different from you, the more you learn about yourself and have opportunities to grow.
Q: What is your favorite advice to share with first year students?
A: You do you!
Q: What do you want to do after NIU?
A: I want to travel and teach!
Q: Where’s your favorite place to eat on or near campus?
A: Fattys. I love their potato salad.