What year are you?
Junior

Where are you from?
Shamokin, PA

How did you end up here at Penn State?
My father is an alum who took my siblings and I to games, Arts fest, and to Berkey Creamery because he was craving good ice cream. During these trips I fell in love with the campus and atmosphere!

What is your Major? Minor? Why?
I am majoring in both Civil Engineering and German. I feel that Civil Engineering, more than other types of engineering, gives you the opportunity to watch your project grow and develop. Whether it is building a bridge or a road, there is something about watching something develop that excites me. My German major is to help to continue to learn more of the language to eventually become fluent enough to work there.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I like playing volleyball, going for walks, cooking, and listening to music.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I used to play the upright string bass, and my last concert that I ever played was in a German castle.

Where do you hope to see yourself ten years from now?
I used to play the upright string bass, and my last concert that I ever played was in a German castle.

What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the connections that I have made along the way in life. I have had so many positive experiences and shared them with a myriad of people that, as my mom likes to brag, I can go nearly anywhere in the world and have a 'home' to stay at.

Why did you decide to get involved with THON?
In tenth grade a friend by the name Ronny found out that I wanted to attend Penn State. He then began feeding me all of this information about what life at Penn State was like. He got to THON pretty quickly, and shared the impact it made with him. His clear attitude of appreciation for what THON meant to him led me to want to become a part as soon as I came to campus.

How did you end up joining Springfield?
I don't remember who I went to the first Springfield meeting of the year with, but I remember showing up, and the chairs, one-by-one, introduced themselves and the role they played in Springfield. Each chair was each so passionate about why they THON, but at the same time seemed like a goofy, life-loving individual, and knew that this was the place for me.

What is your favorite thing about Springfield?
There is nothing fair-weathered about the people of Springfield. Through triumphs and sorrows, there is always a Springfielder by your side.

What is your favorite Springfield memory?
Hands down my favorite memory of Springfield was playing catch with Callie at the family picnic last Spring. Everything about the day was perfect from the atmosphere to the weather. I was playing catch with Mike Rocci and Lauren when Callie wanted to play to. I let her pitch to me. "Strike One!" she yelled, which I thought would be the most adorable thing she could do while playing catch, but it got even cuter when she yelled "Strike Four!" I nearly fell over laughing. A close second, however, has to be every time Kenzie comes and we get to play card games and board games. I grew up playing those kind of games with my siblings, so it brings me back to my childhood when I play them Kenzie and other Springfielders

If you could describe Springfield in one word, what would it be?
Dependable

What impact has Springfield had on you and your college experience?
Springfield's impact has been greater than I first anticipated. I expected to receive friends from the group, but never for it to feel like a family. Just like my own family has, they push me to be better, work harder, and are always there when I need them. The families stories of hope and joy, remind of how life can get rough at times, with a little bit of fight and whole lot of love, you can get through it.

Why do you THON?
Springfield's impact has been greater than I first anticipated. I expected to receive friends from the group, but never for it to feel like a family. Just like my own family has, they push me to be better, work harder, and are always there when I need them. The families stories of hope and joy, remind of how life can get rough at times, with a little bit of fight and whole lot of love, you can get through it.