Education: B.A. in Psychology
Hometown: Smithfield, VA
Why I chose to attend JMU: Searching for the right school was a tough process for me between academics, student life, and distance from home. I spent most of my life as a military brat, so I was used to starting over every few years. JMU was close enough to home that I could visit, but far enough away that I could learn to be independent which was important to me. It also offered a learning community to help me jump start in my major, which was another key factor in my decision. It wasn’t until CHOICES that I walked through campus and met the students, and the atmosphere spoke for itself – I felt confident it was the perfect match for me.
What JMU means to me: There’s something unique about a place that genuinely feels like home! I found so many outlets to serve others while also growing as an individual. There’s no place in the world like JMU!
Advice to students selecting a college: Consider what factors are most important to you as a person, because college is the place to find yourself. Make decisions based on what you want and remember that college is about learning – in the classroom and through experiences.
Class at JMU: GHIST 225 with H. Gelfand was the best General Education class I had. In Psychology, there were so many amazing courses, I ended up taking more than I needed. I loved Industrial/Organizational Psych with Tracy Zinn and a lot of my early learning community classes with Jeff Andre and Kenn Barron!
Dining Hall: Top Dog – probably half of my meals in 4 years were from Mongolian Grill!
JMU Memory: There are so many.. snowball fights on the quad, homecoming festivities, helping new students through orientation, time spent in student organizations spring break service trip to Atlanta, and coffee dates with great people along the way.
Sports Teams: JMU Dukes (of course), Braves, and Nationals
TV Shows: Gilmore Girls, Friends, Grey’s Anatomy, How I Met Your Mother
Vacation Spot: Any beach – from the Outer Banks all the way to Guam
Late night food as a student: Sheetz and Campus Cookies