Q: If you had to describe yourself in just three words, what would they be?
A: Enthusiastic, dedicated, passionate.
Q: If we really knew you, we’d know these three things…
A: You’d know that it is rare to see me without a smile on my face. You’d know I love working with kids. And you’d know music is a huge part of my life. Whenever I need to chill, I crank up the radio.
Q: What makes you passionate about actuarial science?
A: I have always loved solving math problems. The professors here present us with new challenges, and there is always something to learn. The work involved with Actuarial Science keeps me engaged and excited to learn more.
Q: What is your dream career and how close are you to realizing it?
A: I would love to find a career with a company dedicated to helping others. If I could find an actuarial or financial position with an organization that strives to better society, it would be easy to wake up every morning and feel great about my job.
Q: Tell us about the service work you are most proud of.
A: Once a week, I volunteer at an after school program in Coraopolis called Network of Hope. It is a blast to help the kids with homework and watch them develop intellectually throughout the school year.
Q: Think of the most memorable or important time when you realized that you might have changed or /impacted someone else’s life. Tell us that story.
A: When working with the children at Network of Hope, it is obvious that the kids look up to us as college students. One time, a kid ran up to me to show off his spelling test; he was so excited that he did well. The enthusiasm that we present to the kids when it comes to education goes beyond our three hours spent there per week. This has led me to put my best foot forward at all times because you never know who is taking note of actions and attitude.
Q: Has anyone at RMU (students, friends, professors, faculty, etc.) positively /impacted your life and how did they do so?
A: RMU would not be the same without Tracy Gorrell. The first opportunity I had at school to step out of my shell was with the Freshman Mentor program. She trusted me to successfully work with new students and show them what it means to be a part of RMU. It was the first time I was required to step out of my comfort zone and stand in front of a class full of students, and I have learned to love helping others through First-Year Seminar.
Q: What professor at RMU simply rocks?
A: Dr. Hudak is an excellent professor. He epitomizes the definition of what a college professor should be. You can tell that he truly enjoys working with the students and would do anything to provide a successful environment for us. His door is always open and he never hesitates to sit down and discuss classes and future career plans with student.
Q: What’s your favorite RMU memory?
A: One of my best memories at RMU is helping out during orientation weekend as a Freshman Mentor. I love getting to know the new students and help make their transition to college a little easier.
Q: Have you changed at all since coming to RMU?
A: Before I came to RMU, I was extremely shy. Through Mentoring and the Peer Leader program, I have been given opportunities to step out of my comfort zone and step up and lead. Standing in front of a large crowd no longer terrifies me, and I enjoy taking the lead when necessary.
Q: What’s your favorite aspect of RMU?
A: The dedication that all faculty and staff display is an integral factor of RMU. Everyone genuinely cares about the success of the students and will go above and beyond what is necessary to make sure all students are reaching their potential.
RMU is the perfect place for someone who wants an environment where they are encouraged and supported in all of their endeavors. It is possible to dream big and achieve those dreams with the support of peers, faculty, and staff.