Where are you from?
West Chester, Ohio
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Care-giver, positive, and determined.
What is your favorite color?
What is one of your favorite hobbies?
I wish I got to practice more, but I love playing the guitar.
What is your favorite food?
Burgers or macaroni and cheese
If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Invisibility; I would love to sneak around airports unseen and just hop on a plane going anywhere, and not have to pay for a plane ticket!
What is something that you are passionate about?
I am passionate about mental health advocacy and living a life that is healthy in both the mind and the body. Learning to cope with trauma or problems in a healthy way is very important so that you won’t let things bottle up inside of you. This passion has driven my studies toward a career in Psychiatry and the biological correlates found in mental health disorders.
What has been a challenge in your RISE–ing process? How have you overcome those challenges?
A challenge in my RISE-ing process is staying positive in times of distress or conflict. For me, when it rains, it pours. This is to say that if one thing goes wrong, my mind creates a domino effect of negative thoughts. This can impact my mood and how I treat those around me. I am working on this challenge every day by changing my cognitive processes, and other things like journaling, listening to music, etc.
What advice would you give to people who are struggling with a very difficult life experience?
One of my favorite quotes in life is “Everything is temporary”. I interpret this in two ways: hard times will come, but they are always temporary. So, take your hard time with a grain of salt and be nice to yourself during the process with the comfort that this will pass. I also interpret this as good times will come, but they may also be fleeting, so enjoy your good times while they are here and love every moment of 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’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways.” –Michael Jackson. This song by MJ, while catchy, also speaks to my outlook on making a difference. Change does not arise all at once. It is a combined effort and often a long, treacherous path. Whatever change you want to see in the world, you should first look at yourself and make that change. Perhaps you starting with yourself will inspire others to take after you and find that change within themselves. The changes we make in ourselves also show that change does not to be a grand gesture to be impactful and important.
Do you think of yourself as an activist?
I am actively striving towards change and a progressive world. If this is an activist, then yes!
What do you think activism means?
I think activism means taking action to create a change that will impact the world around you.
What is your vision of social change?
My vision of social change includes more diversity. I feel as though the first world is slowly going toward this change. The world needs diversity across all areas including gender, race, sexuality, and thought. This diversity will allow for a dialogue of change between groups, rather than a statement made without listening to others.
If you could make a difference in the world, what would that be?
I want to see more educated girls in the world. If I could give a proper education to every young woman in this world, I would. I believe knowledge is power and we should never stop learning. I am so grateful for my education because it has shaped my values and my goals.
What does RISE mean to you?
For me, RISE means to rise to an occasion in order to make a change. Working in the RISE: University of Cincinnati chapter has taught me to utilize my personal skills and resources for a cause that is bigger than me. I have also learned how to encourage others to use their potential for a cause and change that is bigger than them.