What brought you to KU: I initially was not intending to remain in the Midwest to pursue a Master’s degree, but that plan quickly changed after interviewing with KU. From the first phone interview to my campus visit I felt as though I was being welcomed into a family where I was not viewed as a number, but as an individual being. KU Student housing had everything I was looking for. I wanted to be able to supervise a staff, help implement a curriculum, participate within the greater campus community, and be able to hear conduct. KU offers all of this and more, allowing me to know I would be challenged and pushed to grow as a professional in ways other institutions were not able to provide. The professional development opportunities were also a major draw for me as I knew I would be able to begin expanding my network within my first year through conference attendance.
Where is your favorite place on campus or in Lawrence: My absolute favorite place in Lawrence right now is in the Clinton Lake area, it is such a wonderful escape from campus and work. It's a place where I can de-stress, hike, and enjoy the outdoors. There is a little dog park out there as well, I absolutely love it there because I also get to spend time and get my animal fix when it is needed. It has also been a great place for me to get to know others more as we are able to again leave campus and all the distractions that come with it and just focus on developing friendships.
What are opportunities for someone joining the department: There are innumerable opportunities that come with joining this department. One of the greatest opportunities I believe there is, is being able to decide and work towards deciding what legacy you want to make not only at KU, but in the world. The department truly challenges you to develop and understand the world and the identities present within it on a greater scale and consider what you are going to do to support those identities you encounter. I have been pushed to think more critically about social issues which has transformed how I show up at work and in social settings.