I love being a part of Michigan Tech’s many traditions, such as Winter Carnival, and am excited to represent Phi Kappa Tau as a finalist in the Queens Competition! Winter Carnival is my favorite time of year at MTU because it is a great excuse to get outside and have fun. Whether I’m playing broomball or snow volleyball, I love being outdoors with my friends this time of year.

When I first visited Michigan Tech in high school, I immediately knew it was the right choice for me. My interest in science directed me towards Tech, and attending here was the best decision I have ever made. Even though I was never an outdoorsy person before I came to Tech, that all changed once I moved to Houghton. I love snowshoeing, snowboarding, hiking and fishing; all hobbies I have picked up over the last three years.

As my time here at Tech winds down, and graduation approaches in the spring, I can’t help but to feel a little sad about leaving. I know I will miss the beautiful Copper Country, but I am excited for the next stage of my life! I applied to graduate school for genetic counseling, which is something I have been working towards since my freshman year. I have done undergraduate research here at Tech, which has strengthened my interest in genetics, and has further motivated me to pursue a career in that field.

As President of Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, I am able to share my love for biology with other students here at MTU. I enjoy coordinating our club’s campus involvement events and community service projects, such as Make a Difference Day and Biology Week. In an engineering school, I believe it is important to educate other students about life sciences. This is something I am able to do as a teaching assistant for the Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory, where I can help other students learn lab skills.

I have also been involved in the Houghton community by volunteering at the Keweenaw Family Resource Center Treehouse. The Treehouse is an indoor playground where children can come with their parents to play. It truly is a wonderful resource since outdoor activities can be limited in the cold winter months. Being at Treehouse here in Houghton inspired me to look for similar opportunities while I was home for the summer. I volunteered at a horse farm in Clarkston, MI where I helped special needs children and adults to care for and ride horses. What I like best about volunteering is that it allows me to form a closer connection with the community.

I plan to make this Winter Carnival memorable, because it will be my last as a student here at MTU. Although I definitely plan to return after I graduate, I want to be as involved as possible this year and have fun! I am having a blast being a part of Queens, and I can’t wait to share my talent of playing the flute with everyone at coronation. My fellow candidates are all wonderful girls, and I am very excited to share this special experience with them!