How did you hear about St. Mikes?
My cousin went here and my dad talked about it for years.
Why did you choose St. Mikes?
I really liked how comfortable I felt here. On my Accepted Student Day I hung out with my cousin after the programs and by the end of the day I felt like I didn’t have to leave. I felt like I went here and just needed to go to my room instead of drive 3 hours home. And, on my Accepted Student Day, I was on the phone walking and this woman turned around and asked me a question about where something should be. I told her I didn’t know, but I guess if you think I go here already that was probably a good sign. I told that story on a student panel once and they thought I was insane. They were like, “you decided to go here because of some random woman?”
What is your favorite class?
I have two. One of them was Immunology and Parasitology by Professor Loisel, because I want to go into diseases. Another one is a psychology class taught by Ari Kirshenbaum; it was Drugs and Behavior and it was amazing. I still tell people all the facts I remember.
What is your favorite spot on campus?
I like across the street at The View. Mostly in October because it’s really nice and October is my favorite month, so it works out well. I also like the bookstore, which is kind of weird, but I worked there freshman year so I’m best friends with Denise and Steve (who run the store). I just go in and hang out sometimes.
What is one thing you’ve learned that has been surprising or inspiring?
This past semester I had an internship at the University of Vermont Medical Center with the Chief Medical Examiner, and going into the internship I always thought that I wanted to work in a hospital. After the internship was over however, I realized that I needed to be outside working. That is probably something that I found most surprising because it changed my entire education and career paths.
What do you want to do with your life?
I want to go to school to get a master’s in public health and then eventually I want to work for the CDC to help with disease control and prevention. I want to end up working internationally, like in Africa. I wanted to be there for the Ebola breakout and be in it, trying to figure things out with it.
20 years from now what do you think your favorite memory will be?
I think orientation. Doing orientation my freshman year, and then being an O-Leader, I think that will probably be my favorite memory because it’s so fun. I love seeing all the first years interacting and that’s the same reason I love being a tour guide.
What makes you happy?
Optimistic people and being on campus, that’s why I don’t go home over the summer; I want to stay on campus surrounding myself with people I enjoy.