Peace and Conflict Studies and Human Communication and Organizational Leadership
Expected Grad Date
Butler Student Ambassador, Fall Alternative Break Executive Board, Butler University Student Foundation, Ambassadors of Change Team Builder, Alpha Chi Omega, Fulbright Ambassador
New Prague, MN
New Prague High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
The top of the parking garage when the sun is setting! It is absolutely beautiful!
What do you want to be when you grow up?
As of now, my ultimate goal is to be a public policy analyst for the United States Department of Education. But we will see; I am always ready for a new adventure!
What’s been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?
This is a tough one. I have honestly enjoyed all of my courses thus far at Butler. But if I had to pick one it would be Activism with Dr. McEvoy-Levy. I took this class last Spring when I had just declared my majors and it completely solidified my decision and passions. In this class, I learned so much about the world around me, people from different corners of the globe, and how to talk about current activism in the news. Dr. McEvoy-Levy also made it known that she believed in me, which I needed at the time. After this course I was so excited to pursue my dreams and continue my education. I had a newfound confidence in my abilities and future.
What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?
I think what is so special about the Butler Community is that it is not just your closest friends or mentors, it is everyone. The Butler Community consists of the stranger you pass on your way to class every single day who waves at you even though you have never had a conversation, the faculty member who you may not know but invests time into your personal development, or the alumni who you meet in the store who yells, “Go Dawgs!” from across the store. Being a part of the Butler Community is knowing that someone will always be there for you no matter the time of day. It is the absolute best feeling to know I am more than a number here; I am a person and valued for what makes me, me.
How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?
My Butler experience has provided me the tools to excel in future graduate school, law school, and in the professional field. I know that, because of the rigorous courses mixed with passionate professors, I will always give full effort in the future. While my Butler experience will help me in my work, it will also help me in my ability to communicate and in the pursuit of even my highest goals. While being at Butler I have learned how to work towards my goals, learn from my failures, and to never doubt my abilities. This will help me as I navigate the world outside of the Butler Bubble.
What’s your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?
This is also a very hard question, as I think every day at Butler has granted me a new favorite memory. But if I had to pick one it would be the day I was offered a spot in the Fulbright Summer Institute. I opened the email walking down the hall in Ross, and when I read “Congratulations!” I ran to my friends’ rooms and we all cried together in celebration. I then ran to my advisors and professors, and was met with hugs and so much genuine happiness. Throughout the day I had so many people congratulate me and tell me how proud they were. That same day my First Year Seminar class made me jump in star fountain to celebrate, and my friends surprised me with dinner and little gifts. I felt so special on that day, and was reminded of how strong the Butler Community is. It was such a personal accomplishment that my community recognized and honored me for. I don’t think words do that memory justice; it was an incredible day.
What were your primary factors in making your college decision?
You’ve probably heard it before, but my primary factor in my college decision was “the feeling.” When I looked at colleges I wasn’t so much in search of the success statistics or price, as I was searching for the feeling of home, community, and a place I could grow into the person I was destined to be. When I toured Butler I had this feeling, and I knew it would be my future home. It simply felt right. I think this feeling was perpetuated by the balance that Butler strikes between being a small school but with plenty of excitement and opportunity. I knew here I would be treated as a person, not a number, and that I would always have opportunities to grow, to have fun, and to learn. I wanted a college that would be more than the academics, and while Butler has phenomenal academic opportunities, I found a community and a place that would accept me for who I was which is what I valued most.
What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?
My fellow Bulldogs are what make me so proud to be a Butler Bulldog. The friends I have made here will change the world in every possible way. From my friends in pharmacy, to education, to business, to political science and every space in between, Bulldogs lead with their passion. The impact that Butler students have on the world around them and the responsibility they place upon themselves to make the world a better place inspires me every single day and makes me so proud to be a bulldog. I know that one day when I watch the news, I will see my successful and motivated classmates making real-world changes. What makes me even more proud to be a Bulldog is that my classmates are not only passionate and successful in all they do, but they are genuine. The way Bulldogs support each other and love one another is simply outstanding. I am proud to be a Bulldog for many reason, but at the top of the list are my fellow Dawgs.
What does the Butler Way mean to you?
To me the Butler Way means to never settle in pursuit of your dreams and to always remember those close to your heart. While being at Butler I have been constantly pushed and challenged to try more and to exceed all expectations. The Butler Way includes thinking about what to do next and how to improve. Bulldogs never settle, we always strive to do more and to be better people. This is possible because of the community fostered here. We support one another, advocate for each other, and push our classmates in a healthy way to achieve what we know they are capable of. The Butler Way is support, it is high achievement, and it is truly how we as students act in our daily lives.