Hometown: Newport, Washington
High School: Newport High School
Major/Minor: Psychology Major, Education Studies Minor
Activities: Relay For Life, Theatre Shop, DREAM mentoring
Study Abroad: I’m going to study abroad at la Universidad Católica in Montevideo, Uruguay for Spring 2012.
Why did you choose Middlebury?
For me, the deciding factor was my interaction with students when I came for preview days. When you apply to a school like Middlebury, you know that the student body will be brilliant. What was more important for me was feeling as though I fit in with my peers. I could see myself being friends with the students I hung out with on campus and I loved that.
Why/How did you choose your major?
I chose to major in psychology because every semester my favorite classes happened to be my psych classes. It is easy to become overwhelmed when it comes time to decide on a major, but at the end of the day it’s all about what subjects are consistently the most rewarding or fascinating for you. For me, that was psychology.
What was your biggest challenge transitioning into the college atmosphere?
I’m from Washington State, which means there is a three-hour time difference between Middlebury and my hometown. I’m actually not the kind of person that needs to call home every day (try about every 1-2 weeks), but I am the kind of person that remembers important-information-to-tell-mom over breakfast. It sounds silly, but it was really difficult for me to stop calling my parents at odd hours of the morning (think 4-6AM PST).
What is your fondest memory of Middlebury thus far?
There are far too many to choose from! However, the first thing that comes to mind is competing in the Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest last February. Four of my friends and I spent several hours over two days carving a giant glass of wine and cheese for our entry. At the end of the competition we were cold, tired, and stiff, but we had so much fun that none of our aches mattered. And we won a cash prize, so that’s pretty awesome.
What is your favorite class/Who is your favorite professor?
My favorite class so far is probably Adolescence–a developmental psychology course taught by one of my favorite professors (and current advisor) Barbara Hofer. This is the class that really piqued my interest in educational psychology which in turn led to my declaration of a psychology major and an education studies minor.
What do you do in your spare time?
I enjoy painting and drawing. During the year my dorm room is covered in canvases and paper so that I can paint and doodle straight onto my walls. A significant stretch of free time will always result in a new piece of wall art in my room.
I also spend quite a bit of time working on the technical side of theatre. I work in the shop building sets for the faculty productions each semester and sometimes I help with student-run productions as well.
Additionally, I’m a freelance quidditch fan, an avid Proctor panini maker, and a sculptor of snow.