Favorite TV show?
Where to now?
Either Washington University in St. Louis for aerospace engineering or working for the Department of Defense.
Mechanical vibrations was absolutely outrageous. The professor let us bring whatever we wanted to tests — books, laptops — but it didn’t matter we all still failed.
Favorite spot on Temple campus?
My room (an apartment in Temple Towers). From the time I wake up, I’m around people all day so it’s been nice to have a place where I can go and be alone.
Favorite food truck?
The crepe truck (on Norris St. next to Presser Hall). I’m upset that I didn’t find it until my junior year.
What will you miss most?
Definitely Welcome Week. It was a unique experience to be a part of that year after year as an RA. Every year, I’d get to see myself as a freshman in the mirror all over again. Freshmen bring a breath of life to campus. They’re full of energy and want to know about everything that’s offered and available to them.
What’s first thing you’ll do the day after graduation?
Sleep. I’ve unofficially diagnosed myself with sleep deprivation.
About that speech:
I don’t see it as a pressure but a responsibility. A graduation speech is supposed to be exciting and you want the speaker to leave you with something. It’s so easy to be discouraged during challenging economic times. I want to be optimistic for everyone. When I told my mother I’d been selected, she was speechless.
Through NSBE, we visited neighbors in the Temple community to talk about education. I met one person who got his GED while in jail and another who wants to get his GED. Most people want to do better. This is the same type of neighborhood that I grew up in. Your neighborhood doesn’t have to define you. It’s up to your own drive and dedication and finding people to encourage and support you.
Most meaningful interaction:
As a teaching assistant for Dr. Raymond Coughlin for six semesters. There is nothing more fulfilling than influencing the academic experience of so many students that I can readily identify with. Helping to create a sense of understanding math in the midst of uncertainty is something I can attest to many times over!