What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
As a kid, I would wander around my house with a screwdriver, taking apart anything I could get my hands on just for the fun of putting it back together. As I grew up, my passion for math and science continued to grow, and does still to this day as I study mechanical engineering. There is something almost magical about discovering exactly how something works, because the more you learn the more you realize you don’t know, and then you just want to learn more again. I love knowing that when you look around at our world, there are so many secrets that explain how everything works, and I love being able to learn about them and apply them to design things that will one day make our world a better place.
I am also extremely passionate about nature and art, and how they help to explain the world around us just as much as math or science can. In school, I was never a fan of writing or English classes, mostly because I needed to know that there is a right answer, and I wanted my words to be perfect, saying exactly what I want them to say. Although I am not very artistic myself, I have found a great appreciation for paintings, poetry, and music to explain those things in our world that cannot be explained by math or science.
Describe your dream job or career.
At this point in my life, I am not actually that sure of what my dream job is. I know that I love mechanical engineering, and I know that I really want to work in sustainable manufacturing in some form. I have never seen myself working in an office job or at a computer all day, and I want to be able to be out in the field in which I am working. I do think that I would love to work with large sustainable energy systems, such as wind, solar, or nuclear power.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
When I was in high school, my leadership experiences started off with my involvement in my school’s student council, and I eventually became our Class President my senior year of high school. In that role, I was able to be so much more involved in our high school and with our faculty, helping with all of the behind-the-scenes tasks that it takes to make all of our traditions happen. I was also captain of our varsity volleyball team my senior year, which was when I really learned that leadership does not always have to look like what we typically think. I was by no means the best player on our team or the most outspoken, but they chose me as captain because of my quiet work ethic and constant support of my teammates. In college, I am involved in the campus ministry of Young Life, and served for a year as a leader and mentor for local high school students.