“Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way--you never know what it could give you!”
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Major: Political Science
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
UT Dallas Achievements & Activities
- UT Dallas Terry Scholar
- Vice President, John Marshall Pre-Law Society (2013-2014)
- Attorney, UTD Mock Trial
- Secretary, Pi Sigma Alpha (2013-2014)
- Terry Scholars Program Freshman Mentor (2013-2014)
- Member of the Student Government Legislative Affairs Committee (2013-2014)
- Collegium V Honors Program
Deciding on Criminology
Since I was 13, I've been interested in politics and law, thanks to my introduction to debate. By the time I was sixteen, I had moved from debate to high school moot court and mock trial, and I had my heart set on attending law school. When I chose UT Dallas, Political Science seemed the logical choice to allow me to take the law and policy classes I loved.
My EPPS Success
EPPS is a very welcoming place, and I instantly found friends who were able to give me advice about how to spend my time at UT Dallas. Additionally, every EPPS faculty member I've interacted with has been extremely helpful whenever I needed advice, class help, or had questions about my college career and future plans. I love talking to people and learning their stories, which has in turn allowed me to figure out exactly what I want to do.
Plans for the Future
This upcoming year, I plan to apply for the Archer Fellowship, but after graduation, I hope to attend law school. Currently, I am most interested in environmental law and food policy, but I am open to any number of possibilities, including international law and civil liberties law. I love to help other people, so I am hoping whatever path I choose will allow me to do so.
Advice to Prospective EPPS Students
I would recommend getting to know as many EPPS professors as you can. They are all more than happy to talk to you, but you have to be the one to seek them out. It's easy to feel intimidated when approaching a professor for the first time, but it's worth it to get to know them. If you aren't sure about EPPS, I recommend taking an EPPS class or talking to EPPS students. Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way--you never know what it could give you!
In my spare time, I love to read legal blogs and policy analysis. I also love to read pretty much everything else I can get my hands on, from history books to novels to poetry. I am very interested in sustainable and organic farming, and I'm constantly experimenting with recipes, especially gluten-free baking. Someday, I hope to travel the world.