Hometown: Long Island, New York
Graduation Year: 2013
Major: International Relations
Involvement at Wheaton:
The Record, William Osbourne Society Gospel Ensemble, Debate Team
Why Wheaton? Honestly, my heart was set on attending the University of Southern California. I had been accepted and was ready to go, but my parents had different plans. I applied to Wheaton to silence my parents' concerns and I never expected to hear back. Well, I did, and my parents gave me an ultimatum: stay at home or go to Wheaton. So, in August I showed up for orientation. I never made a visit, never took a tour, I had never even been to Illinois before. During those first few days I realized that coming to Wheaton was best decision my parents have ever forced me to make!
Why your major? I love to explore and learn about different cultures and study about the way others view the world. International Relations allows me to do this through politics, history, business and foreign language courses.
Favorite class and what you liked about it:
Revolution and Regime Change - We studied the uprisings in the Arab Spring and learned the differences between the protests and violence in Egypt. In other words, it was AMAZING!
Global Cities - For starters, I learned what a global city was and that Chicago is in the Top Ten in the world! It was great to learn about global governance, institutions and how it's changing.
Favorite place on campus: Eva Ortiz's office, she's the best and always has snacks!
Free time activities: Free time? Oh you mean when I have to get my four hours of sleep ... Just (half) kidding, I love to go into the city. It's a great escape from school work and if you go in a big group, it's a good way to get to know people.
One thing you wish you knew about college before you got here: Time management. I'm a Type A person by default, but I never had to make my ENTIRE schedule before. When I came to college, I realized that nothing in my day was planned, it was all up to me. So come expecting to rethink how you spend your time.
Wheaton in three words: Challenging, Worthwhile, Unforgettable
Most memorable experience at Wheaton: The President's Ball. For a Wheaton dance, it wasn't bad. (You'll see what I mean when you get here :).
Favorite campus event: The Talent Show
Favorite Wheatonism: CFA (Crush From Afar) ... It's a polite way of pointing out the person you have been secretly stalking.
What person at Wheaton has had the greatest impact on you and why?
Dr. Vanderhill. She's an amazing woman who has a breathtaking amount of knowledge. She's an inspirational professor in many ways!
About me: I grew up in New York and then moved to Texas during the middle of my freshman year of high school. It's been an experience, but one I am very thankful for. After I graduate from Wheaton, I hope to go into international journalism and travel as much as possible!
Bonus fact: I love to sing. I don't do it often, but when I do, I remember why I love it so much.