Where were you born: Chicago
Where are you from: Chicago
Major: Psychology; certificate in Digital Studies
Year in school: Sophomore
Interests/hobbies: Nature Walks, Gardening,
Involvement on campus: KDChi, Student Leader through CAE, Volunteer at UW Botanical Garden
Career aspirations: Work in research
How did participating in the 2016 CAE Alternative Spring Break program contribute to your Wisconsin Experience?
My Wisconsin Experience has been really about learning and growing as a person by stepping out of my comfort zone and getting involved. This trip was like none other I had taken up to that point and going as a first-year really challenged me on different levels. It was those challenges that I faced that pushed me to develop my skills as a leader, team-member, advocate, and as a scholar. The service learning component of the trip showed me how extraordinary the effect of people investing their time into the community can be.
Why was it important to have the Alt Break opportunity through CAE (the entire process – from applying, interviewing, trip prep/debrief, etc.)?
How does your Alt Break experience relate to your academics at UW?
How did you grow as a leader from participating in the Alt Break program?
After the trip I realized that there are some members of our society that get exploited by the same institutions set in place to protect them. I have since altered my definition of a leader. I have decided that good leadership warrants empathy and action. The Alt. Break experience showed me all the ways others have taken action and it has inspired me to think of ways I can take action too.