What year are you?

Where are you from?
West Chester, PA

How did you end up here at Penn State?
My older brother Stephen went to Penn State so I fell in love with in when I would come up and visit him!

What is your Major? Minor? Why?
I'm majoring in Agribusiness Management which focuses on business within agriculture (like the food industry, natural resources etc.) and I'm minoring in supply chain! I want to work in logistics with natural resources most likely! It's such a broad field that I have so many different paths to choose from.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I love reading and listening to music! Also I love animals and try to volunteer at my local shelter when I get the chance.

What’s a fun fact about you?
Although I'm really tall (6'1"), I'm actually the second shortest person in my family

Where do you hope to see yourself ten years from now?
Honestly I have no clue I just really hope I wake up every day and like what I'm doing. I want to be surrounded by friends and family and just be doing what I love!

What are you most proud of?
Something that seems small but I was really proud of myself for was that as a sophomore I actually got offered an internship position during the interview!

Why did you decide to get involved with THON?
I knew about THON because my brother was pretty involved when he went to PSU. I can remember THON my senior year of high school, right after I accepted my admission to Penn State, I was live streaming THON and just so excited for the fact that I was going to be there the next year.

How did you end up joining Springfield?
I didn't know how to get involved in THON, honestly I thought it was just a massive club that everyone joined. I quickly found out about special interest orgs at the Involvement Fair (which I went to because I had like zero friends in the beginning of my freshman year). I realized that the SIOs we're all really similar, they talked about canning, their families and how much money they raised. When I was getting ready to leave Kate Kielceski (a senior on the board that year) jumped out at me and started telling me about Springfield. The one thing she said differently on top of canning, families and totals was that she met all her best friends in Springfield, so I ended up going to the first meeting that Sunday and the rest is history!

What is your favorite thing about Springfield?
My favorite thing about Springfield is how supportive everyone is. It doesn't matter who you are, where you're from or what you're studying, everyone is so welcoming, accepting and overall supportive of each other. When college can get really crazy its nice to have a steady support system of people who are in the same boat as you.

What is your favorite Springfield memory?
One of my favorite Springfield memories is probably this year when we went to the orchard with the Silbaughs (the day after the Ohio State Game #RIP). We were picking apples and Calli wanted one that was high up, so I propped her on my shoulders so she could reach. She picked the best apple she could and then proceeded to sit on my shoulders eating it for about an hour, while using my head as a plate! I may have had bits of sticky apple in my hair all day but it was just an awesome day overall.

If you could describe Springfield in one word, what would it be?

What impact has Springfield had on you and your college experience?
Springfield has had an incredible impact on me. This past year my best friend was diagnosed with cancer and it hit me really hard. I'm not going to lie I was not the easiest person to deal with for those few weeks after she was diagnosed, I was angry and on edge almost all the time. Instead of turning away from me, Springfield just opened their arms and supported me even more. I can't being to imagine what those weeks and this year would have been like without my Spartans.

Why do you THON?
I THON so that kids spend more time playing and being carefree than focusing on horrible things like cancer.