What is your hometown?
What high school did you attend?
I attended Lawrence North High School.
What is your major?
I am a senior with a psychology major with an education minor.
Why did you choose The Woods?
At first, I thought that since I attended a bigger high school, that I would like to attend a big college. After viewing big campuses, I felt that I would not feel comfortable in a large classroom. I felt that I would see so many faces and wouldn’t know anyone. I have heard many things about deciding where to go to college, whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. I thought I would do better academically by attending a small campus. I also believed I would be more social at a smaller college than a big one.
The day that I visited SMWC, I just knew this was where I needed to go, it was a gut feeling! I came with one of my friends, so knowing someone else made me feel more comfortable. I also had the chance to talk to my first roommate before move-in day. I also met my best friend, Kayla Kelley, on campus over the summer with my parents before school started. I had connections with people from the very beginning and ever since have loved it here!
What do you do for fun on campus?
I like to hang with my friends and order food and stay up all night watching movies! Alone I like to ride a bike around campus and go to the lake when the weather is nice. I have been a member of Student Activities Committee since my freshman year, and I have been the vice president for two years. Since my freshman year, I have been involved with Black Student Association and have been the president. I have worked on campus in the Career Development Center, the Mailroom (in the basement of Le Fer) and Club ’64. This year, I am the first intern in the new Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I am proud of that work.
What do you like about living in Le Fer?
Living in Le Fer is very nice! It’s my second home and I feel comfortable here. The available areas for students are very welcoming and quiet to concentrate.
What advice do you have for freshmen?
Dear freshman, BREATHE! Get involved. Step out of your comfort zone and meet new people. Don’t miss out on opportunities. Create bonds with people, they could last forever. Set goals for yourself. Everything doesn’t have to be planned all the way to your senior year but start thinking about where you want to be in the next five years. Don’t ever be afraid to speak up and ask for help because there are so many people here who care about you.
Reflect on the past four years at The Woods:
Looking back to freshman year, I have come a long way! Independently, academically and socially, I have grown! I began as an education major with mild intervention. I became interested in psychology after taking the Intro to Psychology course with Dr. Caperton. I changed my major to psychology and with a goal of becoming a school counselor. Later, I became interested in working clinically. At the 21st Century event in my junior year, I talked to Wendy Walter and added an education minor. I have enjoyed all of my psychology and education classes. I have learned so much and I cannot wait to apply all of this knowledge in my future career.
I am excited to see where I go after I graduate in May! I am excited to start graduate school and earn my Master’s in Health Care Administration. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where life takes you! I am so lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school. I am proud to be a Woodsie!