Each and every student has their own personal story and various reasons for choosing to attend Michigan Tech. For me, I originally considered Tech for the outstanding engineering and academic programs, but it was the traditions like Winter Carnival and the campus community that brought me to Houghton. I can still remember visiting campus in the winter before my first year. Mainly to ensure that I would be able to survive living in a snow globe but also to see what Tech was really like. Needless to say, I got the full experience! I walked through campus in a blizzard, made some new friends, saw my first Winter Carnival Statues and even got exposed to broomball. But most of all that visit helped me to realize that Tech is more than just a school, it is a home away from home and there is no place I would rather be.

I have come a long way since that first visit back in 2011 and since leaving my hometown in Midland, Michigan to live in the great Upper Peninsula. I am currently a third civil engineering student and I am also pursuing a certificate in international sustainable development engineering. Beyond my course work, I have had the opportunity to get involved with several student organizations. I have been a part of the Michigan Tech Concrete Canoe Team (yes, concrete) since my first year. And after being able to represent Michigan Tech at the national competitions in both 2012 and 2013, I am thrilled to be contributing this year as a committee leader for the technical paper portion of the competition. I am also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter and have had the privilege to lead this organization through various officer positions over the past two years. Beyond the Canoe Team and ASCE, I am also part of the Alpha Gamma Delta Zeta-Epsilon Chapter and consider my sorority to be my Michigan Tech family.

In addition to my sisters, I have another great Tech family on campus that I have the privilege to represent in the Queen’s Competition. Last year, I was a Resident Assistant in the First Year Experience Learning Community of McNair and I am honored to be a Queen’s finalist on behalf of this community. As a Resident Assistant, I had the opportunity to get to know over 80 new friends, learn more about campus and myself, and start some Tech traditions that continue in F.Y.E. I am extremely excited to share one of these traditions through my talent portion at the Queen’s Coronation as I introduce the audience to the infamous F.Y.E. calzone. So bring your appetite!

Besides cooking up some delicious F.Y.E. calzones, I also like to spend my free time relaxing with friends and family. I enjoy watching movies and absolutely love to get outside when I can. I like snowshoeing play broomball with friends during the winter months. And in the summer I like to go camping and boating. I also enjoy watching football (Go Pack Go!) and Tech hockey. Most of all, I really enjoy just making memories in the Upper Peninsula and getting the best out of my experience here at Michigan Tech.

Through all of those everyday adventures here at Tech, I would have to say that some of my favorite memories have been the opportunity to participate in various Winter Carnival events and to play broomball during spring semester. And I don’t expect this year to be any different. I am thrilled to be building my third month long statue with my sisters and the first year to focus on ice details. As always I am looking forward to the final unveiling on Thursday morning even after the lack of sleep. And the opportunity to be a finalist in the Queen’s Competition is simply the icing on top of the cake to my personal Carnival experience. And for that I would like to thank Blue Key for their time and dedication to the event and all of Winter Carnival. I would like to extend my gratitude to my friends in F.Y.E. for the nomination and to the local Maurice’s for their support and sponsorship as well. Hope you all have a wonderful Winter Carnival full of memories of your own!