Hometown: Westfield, Indiana
Why did you choose to attend Loyola University Chicago?
My family is from Chicago originally, and it was always my dream to come back to the city. Both of my parents are considered Loyola alumni (though my mother graduated from Mundelein College), so I did have a familial connection to the university, but I really fell in love with the school on my own. Having spent my entire life in Catholic school, I really wanted to continue that tradition in college, but in an environment that was a little different from what I'd experienced in middle/high school (diverse, welcoming of other faith backgrounds, urban, focused on social justice). Loyola was the perfect fit.
Why do you think it is important for alumni to stay active and involved with the university?
From a student's point of view, an active alumni network is an incredible resource for making connections, finding internships and jobs, and learning about the exciting things that other individuals have gone on to do after finishing college. From the alumni perspective, remaining involved with the university is an excellent way to maintain a sense of belonging to a community that you were part of during some of the most formative years of your life. I think many people often assume that graduation marks the end of someone's association with their school. Instead, it signifies a change in your relationship to the university; even though you are no longer a student, you are forever connected to that institution.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about immigration reform and hope to make that the focus of my work after graduation. To use the term in a more casual sense, I am also passionate about cats, Bruce Springsteen, and Seinfeld.