I’m a sophomore from Mooresville, North Carolina and I’m an economics and mathematics double major. I originally started out in the business school thinking I was going to switch to the something in the humanities but here I am in social sciences/STEM and I love it! I want to go on and get my Ph.D. in economics with a focus in behavioral or anthropological economics and teach at a college level. I never want to leave school! I have a passion for mentorship and working with students, and that is reflected in the activities I am involved with.
I love: Helping people, specifically students. I can get very caught up in my own head and I can overanalyze things to death, but helping people improve their lives gets me outside of my own self-centered bubble.
My pet peeve: People mixing up “good” versus “well”. Don’t get me started.
Something that motivates me: Puppies motivate me. Also pictures of unique quotes over clichéd artsy backgrounds.
My hero: I hate to give the obvious answer, but my mom. She’s given me a great example of a strong woman who is unafraid to work for what she wants, and that has impacted me greatly throughout my life.
Things that make me laugh: My friends make me laugh the hardest. But Thomas Sanders vines are a close second.
My motto: Hard work leads to success. Yes, I know it’s not always true, but that has always helped me keep pushing even when I don’t want to.
My current reading: I’m reading a book about the psychology of math. It’s possibly the nerdiest thing I’ve done all year.
My advice for prospective students: Keep an open mind, and don’t be afraid to admit you are wrong. I didn’t even apply to the dream school I visited in 9th grade, and I ended up turning down an offer from another school that I thought I was almost definitely going to go to. You will make an excellent college decision, and it is only excellent if it is right for you, not necessarily for your friends or parents or your younger self.
My advice for current students: The calories in the chicken fingers on Chicken Finger Wednesday don’t count.
My reason for choosing the SCHC: I chose SCHC because it has the opportunities of a big school with the community of a small school. When I came to college, I didn’t know what I wanted to major in, so I wanted a school with a lot of options, but I also wanted a school that had people who could take the time to sit down and help me figure myself out. Possibly the best example I have of this is in the spring of my freshman year. I had just made an appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences to change my major and I was freaking out. I popped into a random honors advisor’s office (she was neither my advisor nor in the field I was switching into) and asked for help and a hug. She provided both, and I left her office 20 minutes later with candy in hand. I am not convinced that I could find a more loving and encouraging group of faculty, staff and students at any other school.