What are the best and hardest parts of your job?
I love getting to know students here – my RA staff, the men and women in Miller and Meadows and others around campus. People are probably my favorite things on planet earth, so a job where I get to work with others – that’s perfection! The hard part comes when I have to balance my job with my studies. I’m in my second year toward getting a master’s in counseling here at Huntington, so I’m taking classes and seeing clients as well.
Where did you grow up?
Until I moved to Indiana, I lived my entire life in Carrollton, Tex., which is a suburb north of Dallas – different in several ways from Huntington! I don’t miss the heat at all, that’s for sure. I love the diversity back home, being surrounded by so many different cultures.
Gosh, this is a hard one. Current favorites include The National and Shearwater. And I’ve always loved ‘60s and ‘70s folk like Simon & Garfunkel and The Mamas & The Papas.
As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
There’s written proof somewhere that I wanted to be a “writer and an illistrater.” I used to write and “illistrate” my own books for my family.
Where did you go to college?
I was a psychology major at Taylor University. People ask how I ended up at Indiana schools (being from Texas) – my parents met there, and my dad’s originally from Goshen.
What are you looking forward to most as the year progresses?
With one semester nearly under my belt, understanding better now what all my responsibilities entail and how to balance them, I’m looking forward to finishing out well and approaching J-term and spring with an even better mindset. I’m looking forward to spending more time with the excellent people in my building and getting to know them better.
What made you decide to come to Huntington?
I chose the counseling program at Huntington because the vision for the program pretty much read my mind, especially the focus here on serving others. This year the Miller/Meadows position opened up, and after talking to friends and family and praying about it, I realized that my love for people was pretty well-suited to being a resident director.
What are your hobbies or activities you like to do?
I love reading, but unfortunately don’t make as much time for it as I wish I did. I also love to cook when I get the chance and spend way too much time watching British TV. I dabble in knitting, and once upon a time I tried to garden.
Additional comments/things you’d like to share or have students know:
I have a fantastic brownie recipe, and I love Christmas with every millimeter of my heart.