Special Education and Middle Secondary Education (Social Studies)
Expected Grad Date
Morton Finney Diversity and Leadership Scholar; Kappa Alpha Theta; Greeks as Educators, Advocates, and Resources; Panhellenic Association- Recruitment Counselor; Resident Assistant- Residential College; Student Education Association (16-17 President)
Fishers High School
Favorite Spot on Campus
The bench at the top of the Bell Tower Stairs
What do you want to be when you grow up?
7th Grade Teacher
What’s been your favorite course at Butler so far and why?
Environmental Justice with Dr. Robin Turner. Not only is Dr. Turner my actual hero, but this class taught me more about the world and myself then I knew was possible and I met my best friend Jimmy. It was pretty stellar.
What is it like to be a part of the Butler Community? Who is your Butler Community?
I am blessed that my Butler community is multifaceted, interconnected, and constant. I can’t walk on campus without seeing someone I love, who inspires me, who supports me. Butler is tight knit. We care. When you are a part of the Butler community you are part of something bigger than yourself, something that pushes you, something you invest in. We celebrate every fantastic moment, we grow from the hard ones, and we put each other before ourselves.
How will your Butler experience help you after graduation?
As an educator, the Butler Way is something I want to bring to my classroom. No matter where I am, I want to ensure that I demand commitment from those around me, and that I deny my own selfishness; That I accept reality, yet seek constant improvement for not only myself but from those I care for. Most of all, I will always put my team above myself. Butler has taught me to care for others in a way that also betters myself.
What’s your favorite memory of your Butler experience, so far?
I met one of my best friends to this day the first night of college. Chris and I were on the same Family Feud team for the Atherton Takeover during Welcome Week. Chris and I clicked instantly. We had similar interests, grew up near each other, and were both really nervous about college. In my first few weeks, Chris showed me how fun college was going to be—meeting new people, having deep conversations, going to eat together, just coexisting with your best friends. I still vividly remember one night Chris and I were walking around campus. We got Starbucks right before it closed on a Saturday night and just walked and talked. We found a spot underneath the monument in Cornerstone Plaza to watch the stars and ask questions about life, what we expected college to be like, and about one another. To this day I still think about that conversation. How different we both are, how much different college is then we thought it would be, but mostly how lucky I am to have found such a wonderful friend right away and someone who I still call my friend today.
What were your primary factors in making your college decision?
When I grew up I was lucky enough to live in close proximity to Butler. I came to shows at Clowes, on tours in middle school, and my two best friends who lived down the street came to Butler. Fast forward to my time to choose a college, when I pictured a college campus I still pictured Butler—small, green, interconnected, everything in walking distance. And then I did my research and realized how different Butler was from most other campuses. Simply put, I wanted to be at Butler, and didn’t know how I was going to make that happen. I poured my heart into my application, I worked hard my senior year to keep my grades up, and I crossed my fingers that financial aid would come through. During December of my senior year I found out I was accepted into the Butler class of 2019, but by that point I already thought I had my mind made up to go compete for a speech and debate team at a university down the street. On the way home from a subpar campus visit to that institution, I got lost and found myself on Clarendon Dr. I could see Butler’s observatory, BU, and tree-lined mall appearing in the sunset. As I pulled up to the stop sign at Clarendon and Hampton I looked around and saw a banner on a light post that read “Bulldogs Never Settle” and I knew if I wasn’t at Butler I would be settling on my dream school. I called my mom and cried, “I’m going to Butler!” and I haven’t regretted it once.
What makes you most proud to be a Bulldog?
The Passion. The passion for Butler Basketball. The passion to make change. The passion about our studies. The passion about this place. The passion about caring for one and other. Nothing makes me happier to be at Butler than knowing that people LOVE this place and put their whole selves into leaving this place better than they found it.
What does the Butler Way mean to you?
The Butler Way is quite simply the high and unwavering expectations I hold myself and my peers too. I care about people because I know they care about me. Being a part of the Butler Way is being a part of something larger than yourself.