As a child, I constantly asked my parents “how” and “why” to learn how things worked, down to every last detail, as well as the reasoning behind it. To this day I love figuring out how things operate. But it would be meaningless without a driving reason behind it. My passion is to help others in every way I can. So my dream is to use my mechanical engineering degree in medical applications.
Following graduation at SD Mines, I plan to attend medical school and specialize as an orthopedic, cardiac, or trauma surgeon. Along with practicing medicine, I hope to collaborate with engineers to improve and design medical devices. This career path allows me to combine what I love doing for a reason I sincerely care about.
Over the last four years, I have been an active member of Alpha Omega Epsilon. I have held the positions of Greek Council Representative, Recruitment Committee, and President. I’ve been active every semester and plan to stay active until I graduate. On the Greek Council I was Vice President and then assumed the position of President when the former officer graduated. Being Greek has greatly influenced my college career and taught me an incredible amount; I am very thankful for my decision and commitment to the Greek community.
Outside of Greek life, I’m involved with the university, student organizations, and the community. I’ve worked as a Resident Assistant and an Orientation Leader to welcome and mentor freshmen. I was a Project Manager for EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service). Our project was designing tiny houses for the homeless people in Rapid City. I helped establish the Biomedical Engineering Society and have been Secretary, Vice President, and President. As a part of the Rotaract club, I spend extra time giving back to the community. I’ve volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, Girl Scout’s, highway clean-up, Mines Buddies, Kids Against Hunger, and Feeding South Dakota.
Last summer, I traveled with three fellow A.O.E.s to Nkokonjeru, Uganda to complete an engineering service project for an elementary school. We spent a few weeks building a fence to keep the school and the children safe, all while learning about their culture, making new friends, and helping in any other way we could.
In addition to my involvement in these ways, I always prioritize my education. I’ve been on the Dean’s List five semesters and have earned a 3.63 GPA. Although I love to participate in as much as I can, I’ve always made time to work part time. Trying to manage the responsibilities of school, clubs, and work has been a necessary challenge. During this semester, I will be researching and grading with a professor for about 15 hours per week. Receiving a scholarship would greatly relieve my financial burden and provide relief for me and my family as they help support me during school. With my full schedule this semester, a scholarship would relieve some stress and allow me to focus more on what matters rather than money.