Economics and International Relations Double Major
How would you describe campus life at Knox?
Campus life at Knox is awesome. I love how everyone is involved in countless things and how campus is always vibrant with club activities and leaders with awesome ideas and proposals.
Speaking of, what activities do you participate in on campus? Have you done any volunteering?
Amnesty International, Model United Nations, S.P.I.C.E. teen mentor, and Alpha Phi Omega. Being the president of Amnesty International has enabled me to be very aware of some fundamental difficulties we face in our world today.
I have volunteered at the Galesburg Civic Art Center, Community Preschool, and the Boys & Girls Club for at least two terms each. Meeting people from the Galesburg community has been really fun and beneficial to my Knox experience. In addition, being a mentor at the Boys & Girls Club has helped me build great relationships with the teens as they inspire me to continue my dream of helping people.
What is your favorite place on campus? Off campus?
The library, Founders, and the gym are my favorite places on campus. I really like the antique mall off campus.
Since you came to Knox, how have you changed?
I am much more of an outspoken person than I was before. I am also not afraid to take risks.
What would surprise your high school friends about you now?
I think my high school friends would be amazed at how much I have grown intellectually and my ability to juggle so many extracurricular activities with my education. This is not something a lot of my high school friends do or are familiar with.
Tell us about a memorable class and what you learned.
Taking EDUC 201 with Joel Estes was probably one of my favorite classes. I learned so much about the American educational system that I honestly would have had no idea about. I also loved Politics of International Development and Comparative Democratization with Daniel Beers. Both classes brought my attention to some of the fundamental hardships developing countries face. Macro-Econ with Steve Cohn also introduced me to reading the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, as we were required to do so for a project.
How would you describe academic life at Knox?
Academic life at Knox is equally engaging as it is rigorous. The enthusiasm of the professors is one thing I am truly grateful for, as that inspires me to work hard and be equally as enthused in course material.
Is there a professor that has had a significant impact on your future plans?
My amazing advisors Sue Hulett and Richard Stout have truly helped me gain confidence in my abilities. Professor Stout's confidence in me made me realize my potential, and Sue's rigorous classes have enabled me to see that I can do so much more than I think. Lastly, I believe I have learned the most from Daniel Beers. His classes have truly inspired me to see the career path I wish to take in international relations.
What's the most important thing you've learned outside the classroom?
I've learned about people around the world on this one campus. Diversity at Knox is one thing I'm very appreciative of, and I'm glad I'm able to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds.