I graduated from Towanda Area High School in 2014, and continued on to Indiana University of Pennsylvania to pursue a degree in nursing. While in the nursing program, I was an active member in Student Nursing Association of Pennsylvania, S.N.A.P, and Alpha Tau Delta, a national nursing fraternity. I was awarded the Harold E. Smith Voitere Scholarship two years in a row, and I have always loved the chance to give back to my community, just as they have always given to me.
While I thoroughly enjoyed my years as a nursing student, my junior year I found that it wasn’t my true passion, and decided to explore other options. Some called me crazy for changing so late in my college career, but I wasn’t willing to settle for a career path that I didn’t love. I then landed at the Communications Department at IUP, and was intrigued immediately. I threw myself into all the department had to offer, and was soon a member of the television show, Generation Gap. While on Generation Gap, I was awarded MVP of the show at the annual Communications Banquet. In my Aesthetics Media class, my group and I were awarded “The Instructor’s Choice Award” for our short film, while maintaining a 3.67 GPA and qualifying for the Dean’s List for my 6th semester. I am now on the IUP Co-Op Board of Directors, and will be co-anchoring for IUP-TV News this upcoming fall of my senior year.