What year are you?

Where are you from?
Waterford, Virginia

How did you end up here at Penn State?
I always knew I wanted to study journalism, and Penn State has one of the best programs — and one of the best student-run newspapers — in the country. Plus, I just really liked the atmosphere in Happy Valley. It was really a perfect fit.

What is your Major? Minor? Why?
Major: Print/Digital Journalism
Minor: Digital Media Trends and Analytics
Why?: I always liked reading and writing, and as I grew older I started recognizing how important journalists and the media are to the American landscape. It's a really noble profession.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I'm a big music nerd — I self-taught myself bass, ukulele and a little piano. I'm also really big into going to concerts, going to house shows and curating killer Spotify playlists. I also have a frequently updated chart of my Top 50 albums of all time...a lot of people think it's obsessive, and they're probably right. I also recently just got really into hot sauce. Like, shopping around for fancy and unique varieties of it. I put hot sauce on pretty much everything.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I've shaved my head for THON three years in a row!

Where do you hope to see yourself ten years from now?
Hopefully at a White House Correspondents Dinner or some equally awesome event!

What is your favorite Wings Over sauce flavor?
When I'm feeling traditional it's Red Alert, but when I'm feeling fancy I'll get Jamaican Jerk. No bleu cheese or ranch. I'm hardcore.

Why did you decide to get involved with THON?
I first heard about THON when I was touring Penn State and immediately I was like "wow, that NEEDS to be something I'm involved in!" I've always had an interest in helping others and benefitting my community, so it was really cool to see that Penn State was full of like-minded people!

How did you end up joining Springfield?
One of my friends heard about it from a peer mentor or something. She convinced me and a few others to attend a meeting...the rest is history.

What is your favorite thing about Springfield?
Just how warm, accepting and supportive everyone is. I could be having a rough day, but I know I can step into a Springfield meeting — or even just text a fellow Springfielder — and be instantly cheered up. There's something really comforting about being with a group of people who appreciate and accept you no matter what. There's no judgements, just unconditional love

What is your favorite Springfield memory?
There's A LOT, but the total reveal from THON 2017 is definitely up there. It was just pure, unadulterated joy. To see a group of people you've spent that much time with, and done that much work with, simultaneously experience that much happiness is electric.

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

What impact has Springfield had on you and your college experience?
I'm super shy, awkward and insecure, so I always thought I was going to have a rough time transitioning to college — especially at a huge school like Penn State. As luck would have it, I was able to find a group of equally awkward, lovable weirdos pretty early on. Springfield has made me more confident and outgoing, and that's something I really can't overstate the value of.

Why do you THON?
I was blessed with a healthy and normal childhood, something I think every kid deserves. No child should have to experience pain and no parent should have to watch their loved one suffer. So I THON to honor those we've lost, I THON to support those who are still fighting and I THON so that one day no family has to experience the pain of cancer.