Major: English (Creative Writing/Poetry)
Concentrations: Public Policy and Service (Ford), Honors
Hometown: Richmond, MI
I signed up for a class called Sustainable and Innovative Cities taught by Director Patrick McLean my first semester at Albion. I came into that course wanting to be a Sustainability Studies major and came out absolutely in love with the way cities live, breathe, thrive, and adapt. An opportunity to spend time in Detroit through the Sleight Leadership Fellows program only increased that fascination, especially in seeing how all of its businesses, programs, and neighborhoods interacted. A semester later, I joined the Ford Institute and it has been a blast ever since.
Unsurprisingly, a topic of importance to me is local government. Local governments implement all state and national policies, yet receive little support from these larger governments. Instead, they struggle to secure grant money for projects, cannot fund infrastructure updates, and are often restricted from conceiving innovative projects. I hope in the future, state and national governments will realize that municipalities and counties is where the people live and this is where everything happens.
Each year, the cross country team takes a bus up into Wisconsin to run at a large meet. This past season, we stopped at a small Italian restaurant in a small city to eat. As I sat there, surrounded by some of my closest friends, I realized how fortunate I was to have chosen Albion and be surrounded by inspiring friends, coaches (and professors) whose compassion shines and who want to help me succeed in anything I set my mind on.
In terms of a career, I am still not sure. I do know, however, that I would enjoy the opportunity to write for my career, work as a part of a city, or work for a nonprofit or foundation. As long as I can live a comfortable life with a job I enjoy and (most importantly) good, constant company, I will be content.