Where are you from?

I was born in Westerville, Ohio but have lived in Cincinnati for most of my life.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Passionate, loving and adventurous.

What is your favorite color?

Purple.

What is one of your favorite hobbies?

I love to read!

What is your favorite food?

Macaroni and cheese is my go to. However, I love any form of potato and a really good steak!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Either being able to speak to animals or be invisible when I want.

What is something that you are passionate about?

I am very passionate about animals and animal rights. Since I was a little girl, I have always dreamed of rescuing all the animals that I possibly can. I dream of there being no unwanted or mistreated animal and for every pet to have a loving home. I am also very passionate about women’s rights. I strive for gender equality and for women everywhere to have total control over their bodies instead of being told what we can or cannot do/have. I also want gender stereotypes to be forgotten and for everyone, male or female, to have equal opportunity with anything they want to do in life.

Tell us about a very difficult experience in your life. How did this situation weaken you? How did it make you stronger?

One very difficult experience was when I was denied by my dream college. It made me replay every second of my high school years, wondering where and how I went wrong. I honestly don’t think I have ever felt as disappointed in my entire life. It also caused me to attend the University of Cincinnati (UC), which is the last university that I wanted to go to. I always dreamed of going away from home for college, so I was really upset by having to stay in Cincinnati. Now that I’ve been at UC for 4 years now I can’t imagine being anywhere else. Throughout my years here I have learned that if I really want something, just as bad as I wanted to attend my dream college, I have to really work for it. I think that not being accepted to that school was one of the best things to happen to me because it taught me that things won’t just fall into my lap and that I have to put the work in for it.

What has been a challenge in your RISE-ing process? How have you overcome those challenges?

The biggest challenge for me has been expecting things to go as perfectly as I expect them to. I hate when I don’t get things right the first time around, so I’ve been working with myself to learn that it is okay to fail once or even multiple times. It’s a work in progress but everything takes time!

What advice would you give to people who are struggling with a very difficult life experience?

I have always loved the saying “it’s a bad day, not a bad life.” I try to remember this anytime I’m struggling with a difficult life experience. Whatever anyone is going through, it will pass. It might take one week or many months but either way you will get through it.

What would you say to those who think they can’t make a difference in the world? Is there a certain quote that you have found inspirational?

I would say for people to not measure their success by the amount of people you impact by your work/activism. Even if you only affect one persons life in a positive way, you have still done something so great for the world because you don’t know how much that person may have needed it. A quote that I have found inspirational is “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

Do you think of yourself as an activist?

I would have to say no to this, only because I feel as though there is more I should do to earn that title. That is one thing I’m trying to work on, getting out there more and making sure my voice is heard.

What do you think activism means?

Activism means going out and speaking up for what you believe in, but in a peaceful, nonviolent way to try and make a change in the world.

What is your vision of social change?

My vision of social change is for everyone to be more accepting of what is different to them and to just be more caring overall.

If you could make a difference in the world, what would that be?

I would make everyone a lot more educated about animal rights and women’s rights.

What does RISE mean to you?

To me, RISE means overcoming your hardships and showing yourself and the world all that you’re capable of.