Hometown: Evansville, Indiana
Major: Human Biology
Chapter Philanthropy: Children’s Miracle Network
In high school, I volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul food pantry several times and participated in recycling events for Wesselman Nature Society. I worked middle school volleyball camps and feeder league games for four years. In addition, I was a member of my high school's service club, through which I served a centennial banquet for elderly couples, worked at the zoo for an event to raise awareness for the blind, and took part in several more events. I was a mass server at Holy Redeemer Parish for six years and danced in my high school's Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital for Children for five years, starting in eighth grade. I was a chemistry tutor as a junior and a math tutor as a senior, and I was one of few senior students chosen to mentor grade school children through D.A.R.E. and The PEERS Project; these both encourage students to make healthy life decisions. Now that I am in college, I am striving to become even more involved in the community. First, I was a 24-hour dancer with the Hutton Honors College at IUDM. Also, as a member of the Teter Boisen Leadership Council, I helped plan and contributed to an effort to make care packages for people at the Interfaith Winter Shelter. I am also a member of The Acts of Kindness Project, which promotes a more accepting IU environment. We have chalked positive messages around campus, written compliments on Post-It notes and put them on doors and mirrors, put postcards with positive messages in random mailboxes, and much more.
I had always strived to be a leader, and as a high school senior I took initiative when I was elected as president of National Honor Society and became a member of the executive board for my high school's Dance Marathon for Riley Hospital for Children. Now, as a college freshman, I am on the Honors Residential Community Advisory Board and serve as the Residential Fellow Liaison for my floor, which means I correspond with our faculty advisor and plan events. I also serve on the Teter Boisen Leadership Council, which provides social and philanthropic opportunities for members of the honors community. I am one of three Chief AOK-ers in a newly established club, The Acts of Kindness Project. I look forward to joining an IUDM committee this year, and I will seek leadership roles in my sorority as well.