Hometown: Madison, IN
What did you do prior to Hanover? I traveled! Freshly graduated, I spent time with family and friends all over the country. I took a break to explore for a little while before I decided to come back to place that feels like home!
What do you love about Hanover? My first class at Hanover was a Eurasian studies course with the brilliant Uschi Appelt. It was in a little room with five chalk boards – which, at first, seemed excessive but over the lifetime of that course I’d come to find that we could’ve done with six. It was in that class, I learned about Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. A story of a man who lived in a cave all his life; understanding the world through shadows and believing those things to be the limit of all that exists. One day he somehow escapes from the cave and experiences life in its fullness. Finding that the shadows, of which he once thought of as his ultimate reality, were merely flat vestiges.
And that’s what I love about Hanover. Before I came to here as an undergraduate freshman, I was pretty good student. I did what my teachers asked, got good grades, and then I went home. I thought that I knew everything I needed to know by the time I was 18, which was a clear sign that I knew absolutely nothing. Hanover became the way out of my own cave. I learned things I didn’t know existed, followed passions that I didn’t know I had, and grew in ways I didn’t know I could. It wasn’t an easy experience, and I definitely had some struggles. But at the end of the day, I love that Hanover is unapologetically looking to find life outside the cave.
Favorite Hanover Memory? Laying in a hammock with my friends at the point during Spring Term…
Who was your favorite professor here, and why? The funny thing is, I couldn’t tell you. I admire so many professors here and they’ve all invested in me in such unique ways that to single out just one person is so difficult. From J. Michael Raley who acted as a thoughtful mentor and pushed me in every class to be better, to Mi Young Yoon who believed in me more that I believed in myself, to David Buchman who was never scared to ask me “Why?”, to Larry Thornton who encouraged me to keep moving forward, and to Sarah Vosmeier, who taught me so much about how to be an exceptional Historian (even if I was always late on my thesis deadlines).
What's your favorite place on campus or in Madison? On campus, it’s second floor Classic. On nice spring days, I used to go into an empty classroom, open the windows, and do homework while a breeze came through. I also have a special place in my heart for third floor library, the best place on campus to read a book.
What are some of your interests, and what sort of things keep you busy? I love exploring. I love reading and travelling; everywhere I go, I make it a point to visit a museum. I love re-watching Naruto, the greatest story ever told.
What's your pump-up song? “Basket Case” by Green Day.
Is there anything that you've always wanted to do but never have? Sing well, but this point I don’t think I ever will.
What's something that your coworkers might not know about you? They might not know that I am an artist. I did a lot of work with graphic design and graduated with Art Honors when I was younger. Since, I keep mostly to just sketching and enjoying art but I have done a lot with it.
What advice would you give to students who are navigating the college search process? Talk to your admission counselor. A lot of times there is important information that you can use to your advantage. Sometimes it’s additional financial aid or scholarship opportunities, other times it is important updates that can help you make your decision! Don’t be scared to ask question, we want to talk to you!
B.A. in History and International Studies from Hanover College 2018