The support that CollegeReady provides for students and their families is unrivaled to anything I have ever heard of. From scholarships to the NEW Scholars program, I am truly proud to be on this team. In my role with the NEW Scholars program, I have the privilege of encouraging ambitious students as they pursue their self-determined goals. I find it wildly rewarding. The program has a unique and thoughtful approach that considers the whole student. CollegeReady offers the tools and enthusiasm that allows students to be ready for whatever their educational pursuits entail. I feel honored to work both with this staff and with the students and families that we serve.
I have had immense privileges throughout my life and I feel that it is now my turn to make those accessible to others, especially when it comes to education and career paths. I grew up in Northeast Wisconsin and then I attended Northern Michigan University where I graduated with degrees in neuroscience and Spanish. During university, I worked in university housing, summer camps, and other nonprofits supporting the community. I studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile where I also interned at Centro Bellavista, the only special education school in the area. Upon graduation, I served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic. Although I worked on meaningful projects, I feel as though I gained more from that experience than what I was able to give to my host community. I refined my language skills, learned new approaches to supporting youth, and crafted memorable experiences. I am still passionate about supporting youth, and I am committed to always finding ways to have fun and make great stories.
I usually spend my weekends playing outside as much as possible. I love to bike (yes, all year), run, camp, ski, hike, rock climb, sail…pretty much any activity outdoors. My favorite moments have been when I get the chance to share those activities with other people.
1. A bike (if I’m going to be there for a while, I might as well have some fun)
2. A hammock (at least I’ll be well-rested in my desertion)
3. Spices (I plan to enjoy my food, whatever it may be)