What is your major and minor? What other academic programs were you a part of?
Accounting and business administration majors, English literature minor.
What are some of the jobs you held while at McDaniel?
Student ambassador, peer mentor, writing intern for Cultivated Boutique, and cost accounting intern at Knorr Brake Company.
What organizations were you a part of at McDaniel? What positions did you hold?
Green Terror Programs (general member), Honors Program (Events Chairperson).
Did you enjoy your time at McDaniel? How?
I loved my time at McDaniel, largely due to the people I met here. I have made the most wonderful friends here and just hanging out and laughing with them has made these past four years the best so far!
Who do you think was/is your best mentor?
There have been so many professors that have helped me grow over my college career. Dr. Routzahn, Professor Duvall, Professor Lavin, Dr. Zajac, Dr. Mary, and Dr. Dundes have all had such a significant impact on my life and I am so grateful to all of them.
What is your best memory at McDaniel?
There are quite a few to choose from but one that stands out the most occurred during a snowstorm my junior year. The campus was closed for a few days and during our impromptu winter break, a bunch of my friends came over to Forlines. We moved a bunch of mattresses to the common room and just camped out together, watching movies, making hot chocolate, and of course went sledding on the golf course! When the roads cleared up, we celebrated the end of our Snow-In by ordering a heinous amount of Chinese food. It was fantastic to be able to spend so much time with so many people I love in one place with nowhere to go and nothing to stress over.
What are some of the challenges you encountered and how did you overcome them?
During my sophomore year, I felt very disconnected and not like myself, despite all of the good things that were happening in my life at the time. The first semester was pretty rough and I decided to make significant change in my life by getting involved on campus in organizations that I was interested in. That really helped me to build a community for myself that I felt I was invested in and was, in turn, invested in me.
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am starting as a staff auditor at CohnReznick, a public accounting firm in Baltimore.
What would you tell yourself as a first-year at McDaniel?
I would tell freshman me, “Take advantage of every opportunity that interests you and not to fear being told ‘no.’ Also, learn how to say ‘no’ when you have too much on your plate.”
Is there anything else you’d like to share with the McDaniel community?
Find people who make you laugh every day and who are there for you when you need to cry. These are the people who will make college all that it can be. Of course we are all here for an excellent education, which I am so thankful to have received at McDaniel. But my most treasured memories that I will carry with me forever are the ones of my best friends.