English Literature Major, History Minor
What are your interests and hobbies?
I love to run. One thing that I really enjoy doing at Knox is running through Lake Storey. Since I have lived in Chicago my entire life, Galesburg is a nice change from a large city.
Why did you choose Knox?
I was looking for a small liberal arts school in Illinois, outside of Chicago, with a strong academic reputation where I could also be part of NCAA athletics.
What stood out to you? Was there a defining factor underlying your decision to attend?
Everything about Knox stood out during my college search. With the academic reputation, school history, the students, the campus, the city, and the chance to compete in NCAA athletics -- I just couldn't refuse going to Knox when I was accepted.
It's great that you were so certain in your decision. For most, picking a college can be very nerve-wracking. Do you have any advice for high school seniors in that position right now?
First, write down a list of things that you are looking for in a college. The college search can be overwhelming, but having your ideas and information on paper can help. Also talk to your high school teachers about colleges and ask for their suggestions. Then out of each school you are looking at pretend for a day that you are going to go to that college. Pick the school that you most feel comfortable about. Pick a school that makes you happy.
Have you done any volunteering/community service during your time at Knox?
I've volunteered at a running camp, "Field Day," and during my freshman year the cross country team went to an elementary school in Galesburg to help clean and fix their playground.
How would you describe life at Knox?
Life at Knox is academically challenging and provides students the opportunity to grow and mature as a person through many experiences outside of the classroom.
Speaking of growth and maturation, how have you changed since you first arrived on campus?
I personally think that I have matured a lot since being a student at Knox. I can also handle adversity a lot better now than when I was in high school. Living away from home for the first time while focusing on school and sports was difficult at first, but Knox has helped me make a smooth transition and grow from it. Knox has taught me how to take everything in life, good or bad, as a learning experience.
What would surprise your high school friends about you now?
My high school friends would be surprised that I am a lot more outgoing and open to new things. In high school I only focused on my school work and training for sports. Knox has given me the opportunity be part of new things. Ironically, at Knox I sometimes have more time in my daily schedule to be part of other things on campus.