Expected Graduation: May 2014 Hometown: Portland, OR
Major: Communication Studies Minor: Classical Studies and Hospitality Industry Management
Two Words: Reliable, Hardworking
I knew that I wanted to go to California for college, but I wasn't sure what school I wanted to go to. My top two choices were Santa Clara and USF. I originally had Santa Clara has my first choice of university because I thought the students were more laid-back. I wasn't sure that I would fit into such a metropolitan environment at USF since I was coming from Oregon. In the end, I ended up at USF because I received a better financial aid package here. Although this isn't the best reason for attending USF, it's pretty realistic to what many students go through when choosing schools. Over the years, I've realized that USF is the perfect college me. I love all of the opportunities in San Francisco, and I've enjoyed getting to know all of the students, professors, and staff who are also at this school.
Peer Advisor, Student Leadership and Engagement: As a Peer Advisor, I act as a role model for students who visit SLE and want to learn about on campus involvement. I encourage students to get involved and find a community with similar values and goals. Students look up to Peer Advisors as encyclopedias of information who offer advice regarding leadership, organizational dynamics, and officer transitions.
Charter Class Member, Kappa Alpha Theta: I am a role model for my sisters in Theta and have been named the Leading Woman of the Week two weeks in a row. My commitment to sisterhood, scholarship, extracurricular involvement, and spreading the widest influence for good inspires the other women in my chapter. I’ve been involved in multiple service organizations through Theta including Best Buddies, Glide, Francisco Middle School, Generation Citizen, and more.
President, Campus Activities Board: I have served as the CAB president for the past two years, and during these years, CAB has significantly grown as an organization. Our successful events motivate other students to get involved in our organization and find community. As president, I act as a mentor and resource for the other directors so that their events can succeed.
Recruitment Counselor, Panhellenic Council: As a Recruitment Counselor, I portrayed a positive image of Greek life to students and promoted Greek values. By emphasizing universal Greek values, I hoped to encourage friendship and cooperation between the two Panhellenic organizations.
GO Team, Orientation Leader: As a member of GO Team, I welcomed new students to the university, helped create a respectful and inclusive environment, and shared my USF experiences. This position allowed me to connect with students and help them realize their potential.
Benefits of Involvement:
I've gained so many friends and new experiences from being involved. Joining different organizations has taught me how to be a better leader and overall person. Being involved has also made me a better student because it has forced me to use my time efficiently stay focused in classes.
Leadership is the act of guiding a group of people toward a common goal. Strong leaders can focus chaos and roll their sleeves up to get the job done. Leaders understand when to step up and speak or when to listen. A leader achieves results through teamwork, creates an environment for everyone to achieve, and shares success with the entire team.
Advice to First Year Students:
I would tell a new student to get involved right away! Attend involvement fair in the fall and visit the Peer Advising Team on the UC 4th floor to learn about different student organizations. Think about your favorite involvement experiences in high school to find similar clubs at USF. For example, if you enjoyed planning prom in high school, you will probably love being part of the Campus Activities Board.
Favorite Place in City: I love the Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley!
Random Fact: I know and can sing nearly all of the words to Belle's opening song from Beauty and the Beast.