Hometown Indianola, Iowa
Major(s)/Concentration(s): Political science with a concentration in peace and conflict studies
Off-Campus Study: With the Washington Semester Program (Washington, D.C.), I studied foreign policy, interned with the Human Rights Campaign, and received a congressional award for my independent research project on LGBTI rights and identity in Serbia; Spring 2020 - I studied in Belgrade, Serbia with the School for International Training. We were able to continue our studies remotely after being evacuated in March, and I was able to conduct a remote internship with a human rights organization in Kosovo.
Extracurriculars: I perform with the percussion ensemble as well as a couple of student bands, am involved in student government (SGA), served on the Committee on Academic Standing, and served on the QuestBridge Board.
Why I love Grinnell: I love Grinnell for its ability to make worlds of opportunity out of my own individual interests. After being here for four years, I am still learning about how deep and diverse our campus has grown to be in terms of engagement, community focus, and intentional structure for curiosity. Most of all, I feel empowered as a low-income student at a top, private, liberal arts college. Grinnell’s history has time and again been influenced and directed by the voice of the student body. I hope that this tradition of advocacy, access and shared ideals continues to prevail for future students to come.