Being raised by my Aunt Shari and Uncle Steve since I was ten, they instilled the values in me to always make a place better than the state I find it in. Growing up in a farming community in McCook, Ne it was expected of an individual to pitch in and help your neighbor when they needed it. This was not awarded but expected. I do not see serving others as a great character quality but as a by-product of the values and expectations of my family who raised me.
I graduated from McCook High school in 2014 where I participated in softball, track & field, and FFA. I then attended Mid-Plains Community College in North Platte, NE and graduated with an Associate of Arts in 2016. In my personal life, I am a deeply spiritual person. In 2015 I started a spiritual journey of discerning a call to consecrated life. In 2016 I entered a Benedictine Monastery in Norfolk, Ne. Upon my departure, I became an Oblate and made a promise to be of service to all people. With an interest to serve individuals from all walks of life and a passion to travel the world, I decided to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Currently, I am interning with the Tri-Faith Initiative through the Collaborative program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Being a part of the Collaborative family has helped me to expand my skillset so I can be greater in service to others. The greatest gift that the Collaborative has given me is the ability to network and build relationships with leaders in the Omaha community, The connections I have made throughout the Office of Civil and Social Responsibility has allowed me to build relationships that I can continue to build even after my time here at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am honored to continue this journey with being apart of the University Innovation Fellows to advocate for improvement in higher education in my own community.
University of Nebraska at Omaha UIF Wiki Page: http://universityinnovation.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_Omaha
University of Nebraska at Omaha Student Priorities: http://universityinnovation.org/wiki/University_of_Nebraska_Omaha_Student_Priorities