Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, I first moved east to attend McDaniel College, a private liberal arts college in Westminster, Maryland. I currently study Communication, Political Science, and Journalism & New Media in the college’s undergraduate program.
I have interned on the editorial staff at Baltimore magazine, with McDaniel’s First Stop Office, worked as a First Year Seminar Peer Mentor, an Engagement Peer with McDaniel’s Office of Student Engagement, and worked at the Institutional Advancement Phone Center since my first year, the last two as a supervisor.
I am a member of the prestigious Honors Program which I was admitted to with my acceptance into the college in 2015. I have served as the Program’s President and Housing Manager, as well as a writer on the Nerd News staff, the Program’s newsletter. I also served as an Honors Peer Mentor, helping guide first-year Honors students in their transition into the Program through a course that explored themes of privilege, failure, and personal reflection.
In March 2018, I was recognized as a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact, a collective of colleges and universities committed to fulfilling the public purposes of higher education. The fellowship is a year-long experience designed to provide learning opportunities focused on the skills we need in order to serve as effective agents of change in addressing public problems and building equitable communities.
I was awarded the Aristotle Award for Excellence in Communication at McDaniel as a junior which recognizes one student annually for outstanding academic work in the discipline.
I have served as the President of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity since the Fall 2017 semester. I previously served as the Vice President of Membership. In these roles I have led initiatives to reduce costs through the creation of an alumni-supported scholarship, chaired the hosting of a conference with over 100 brothers and 10 chapters, organized a campus-wide orientation service experience, and created an alternative spring break which allowed students to remain on campus over break and serve in our community.
I have been on staff of The McDaniel Free Press, the college’s student-run newspaper, since my first semester. I was a staff reporter in the sports section for a year, sports editor for two years, and hold the position of Co-Editor-in-Chief for the 2018-2019 year. You can read my work here.
I also serve as the President of McDaniel’s chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society for First-Year Students and our chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Honor Society for Speech Communication as selected by department faculty. I am also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society for the Social Sciences, Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, and the Trumpeters, a leadership honor society at McDaniel.