Helping students move in, taking them through all the parts of Central and showing them my favorite school was the best.
Major(s): Business Management with an emphasis in marketing
Minor(s): Not-for-Profit Management
Campus organizations or teams: Campus Ministries leadership, Dutch Brigade, SOS orientation leader, ICAP Member, Students against human trafficking and Sustainability club.
About being an SOS leader: I was an SOS leader for the incoming students in Fall 2017 and it was the best way to start my sophomore year. I had the best time with the other SOS leaders during training over the summer and working orientation days; you can make me get up at just about any time for some donut holes. Helping students move in, taking them through all the parts of Central and showing them my favorite school was the best.
You recently studied abroad in Bangor, Wales. What was your number one takeaway from your study abroad experience(s)?: First of all, I would 100 percent recommend studying abroad during a student’s time at Central. Even if it’s not Bangor, though it’s the best, push yourself past your comfort zone and try something crazy. The number one thing I will take away from my experience abroad is to live a little more on the wild side. Whether its trying a new food and never wanting to eat it again, to joining the team of a sport you have never played before or traveling Europe. In the end, everything works out and the best parts are the people you meet and the memories you make. I’ve learned to be a little crazy, try something new, don’t worry about the details and just go for it.
Talk about your service-learning experience(s) (if applicable). What did you do? Who did you help and how? How did your Central education help you in this experience?: During my freshman year, I joined the ICAP program, which is through AmeriCorps, and is a 300-hour volunteer program. I worked on many projects with many different organizations, like Work of our Hands, Boy Scouts of America, Blank Park Zoo and Everybody Wins, to name a few. I did lots of event planning, data analysis, social media marketing and paperwork. It was really cool to be involved with so many different types of organizations doing different things, and it helped me get a better idea of what I want to do in the future.
What was your number one takeaway from your service learning experience(s)? And how would you recommend this experience to others?: The number one thing I learned from my service-learning experience was to be proactive. Not all of the answers will be handed to you; sometimes you have to find them yourself or ask the right people to help you figure it out. Being proactive also means you have to work hard to meet your goals. It isn’t always convenient or fun, but it is worth it.
What do you think makes Central unique?: The people. Campus would be a completely different place without the people and the culture that Central College has. People at Central are supportive, loving and always helpful. That is not something you can buy; it’s created through the good, genuine people that are on Central’s campus.
Who is your favorite professor at Central and why?: My favorite professor would have to be Russ Goodman. He is always there to help with any questions about class and makes himself as available as possible. Beyond that, Goodman always tries to keep class light and fun and is interested in how students are doing as a whole.
What are your career/graduate school plans?: When I graduate, I would like to work for a non-profit that does work with Third World countries or with food insecurity.
How has Central prepared you for your next step (graduate school or career)?: Central has prepared me for my future by giving me the opportunities and resources to getting closer to my goals.
What is your favorite place and campus and why?: The Café in Geisler. I’m a little biased since I work there, but I always feel so at home there – whether I am working, grabbing lunch with a friend or trying to get some homework done between classes. The energy is always so positive and I’m always very happy to be getting coffee!
Describe your favorite campus tradition(s)?: Service day. I believe it speaks to Central’s character that they cancel class for a day and give students the opportunity to give back to the community in so many different ways. I was abroad during this year’s service day, but I was so proud of my school and classmates when I saw all the pictures of the successful day. I can’t wait to participate in the next service days!