|Hometown:||Traverse City, Michigan|
|High School:||Traverse City Central|
MIAA Academic Honor Roll (2016)
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Why did you choose to attend Hope College? Vibrant Christian community, strong academics in every department, God told me to come here!
What were your favorite subjects in high school? Physics and Chemistry; In college, I enjoyed Multi 2 and Anatomy
Name a role model or models who have impacted your life? And describe how. Jessie Diggins; she is a humble winner yet a fierce competitor. As an athlete, she has inspired me to take loses and wins with humility and to truly love my sport and competition regardless of the outcome.
My Dad; during his battle with cancer, we called him Superman because he did not let his illness get in the way of being a loving father and husband, practitioner, friend, and athlete. Instead of living in fear of the worst, he allowed God to show him what was truly important in life- that serving others above oneself is how to build the Kingdom of God. I deeply admire his humility, gentleness, wisdom, sacrificial love, humor, and faith.
If you have chosen a major, please explain how you plan to use it after graduation: I could use my Nursing degree to work in a hospital as a Nurse, or, with additional pre-requisites, go onto graduate school to become a Physical Therapist or Nurse Practitioner.
What is your favorite pregame meal or snack? A Clif bar and Gatorade
List a favorite Bible verse and why it is meaningful to you: Isaiah 43:1-6; In these verses, God promises his people redemption and restoration. Any affliction we endure on Earth, God promises that they will not destroy us; we have already been saved through Jesus Christ and do not walk alone.
What is your favorite pre-game music? "Whatever It Takes" by Imagine Dragons, "Pray for Me" by Kendrick Lamar
If you could play another sport, regardless of skill, what would it be? Gymnastics because it combines strength and grace.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received? When I was trying to discern God's will for choosing a major at Hope, my Uncle John told me, "do what you love, and then you'll get good at it." Being a perfectionist, I often catch myself beginning a task intrinsically expecting to be 'the best'. This proud mentality got me stuck in doing things I was already good at instead of growing in disciplines that I was passionate about yet needed to improve in. You will better serve God's people if you love what you do, even if you aren't the best at first. His advice gave me the courage to do take and leap of faith and change my career path to something God was calling me to. It also reminds me that in order to be successful, one must be willing to work hard and not be afraid to fail.