1. Tell us about yourself. I am from Omaha, Nebraska, and have 3 sisters and 2 brothers. I am majoring in Professional Writing, minoring in Nutrition, and working on a certificate in Rhetoric and Argument Writing. In my free time, I like to cook, write, read, go on walks, and play tennis.
2. Tell us about the organizations you are involved in. Why is getting involved on campus important for students? On Campus, I serve as the Secretary of the Senate for the Student Government Association. I am also a University Ambassador as well as an English tutor.
It is important to be involved on campus to gain a sense of community that will not only benefit your mental health but also allow you to meet a wide range of people that will help you to gain new interests, stay motivated, and be inspired.
3. What do you think makes a good leader? A good leader is someone who is never one-sided. They always have the best interest at heart for the team and never let their ego get in the way of their work or interpersonal skills.
4. What have you learned from being a SOAR leader? How do you use these lessons in your everyday life? SOAR has taught me how to work with a partner! As someone who typically works very independently, it was valuable for me to learn how to communicate my needs, ideas, and concerns with my SOAR partner and also pay close attention to theirs.
5. Why did you apply to be a member of the SOAR pro staff? What impact do you hope to have on the overall SOAR program? I applied to be a member of the SOAR pro staff to be able to work on SOAR-related projects throughout the school year. I also wanted to be able to experience a “different side” of SOAR and play a supportive role for the SOAR leaders.
6. What do you like best about Missouri State? Why? The thing I like the most about Missouri State is that the university is big enough to always be meeting new people and experiencing new opportunities, but small enough to form genuine connections and always recognize a smiling face on campus.
7. What is your favorite tradition? Why? My favorite tradition is Fountain Day. I love when the fountain comes back on after the winter because I always forget that I had missed it so much! It adds so much beauty to the campus.
8. What piece of advice do you have for MSU students? My advice to MSU students is to not be afraid to take a leap of faith and get involved in something that sparks interest in them, whether they have participated in something like it or not. College is all about trying new things and getting involved opens so many doors to making new friends and memories.
9. What piece of advice do you have for family members? My advice to family members is to hand over the reins to their students, no matter how hard that may be. Never assume that you know what the student needs to feel supported, always ask and have a conversation if need be! The student will appreciate the effort and care.