Why did you choose Clarke?
I had my heart set on another school but then after I visited, I fell in love with the campus. After I left my visit, I felt like they wanted me here as part of their community. The feel of Clarke was very similar to that of my high school and the small town that I am from.
How has your involvement on campus enhanced your time at Clarke?
It made a huge difference. When I was a freshman I didn't really participate in anything. Other freshmen thought I was an upperclassman because they didn't know who I was. I didn't go to any events but when I was a Tuckpointer, there were a lot of connections that opened for me. I was able to meet more people and was introduced to activities that they were involved in. I learned of several leadership and networking opportunities from Callie Clark. If I didn't get involved with all of those activities I wouldn't be as open and energetic as I am today.
What do you enjoy about campus?
I really like all of the hanging pots of flowers in the front of campus, and the way they decorate for the holidays. It's the little details that make it seem like a home. Also, there are a lot of little places on campus that are hidden and not everyone knows about. I have found a few myself and like to go there when I need some peace and quiet.
What do you like about Dubuque?
I really like the downtown area. I've recently found an art gallery where I went with some friends when college students were performing poetry. I've also been to some festivals downtown and that was a great experience. There are some really great parks in Dubuque including Mines of Spain and Murphy Park. I really like Murphy Park around Christmas time when the whole park is filled with lights.
Do any faculty/staff members stand out? If so, why?
Sean Bradley, hands down. He has posed so many thought-provoking questions to me that challenge me to think in new ways. I think we are alike in a lot of ways. He is that professor who likes to challenge you, and push you beyond your limits.
So far, what has been your most memorable Clarke experience?
Mr. Clarke Guy. For the competition, the first event is formal wear and contestants walk out to a theme song, strut down the aisle, pose and answer some questions. This gives the judges a chance to get to know the contestants. Then there is a talent section. I recited a poem from The Glee Project, my favorite show, and adapted it to my life. The last event is spirit wear where contestants usually perform a Clarke chant. I was nervous and shaking during the talent portion of the competition. But I just thought to myself, "College is to make memorable experiences and do things you've never done." I can't tell other people to do that, if I have never done it myself. Once I did that, it really paid off for me. And for this year's competition I will be the host of the event.
If you had the chance to tell a prospective student one GREAT thing about Clarke, what would it be?
I know everyone talks about it being a close-knit community, and it is. But what I really like about Clarke is that you can be who you are. There are a lot of different types of people so everyone can fit in somewhere. Clarke is not a school where you will be lost in the crowd.
When you graduate in May, how do you want to be remembered at Clarke?
When people come to Clarke you can feel that people are interested in getting to know you. When I meet someone new, I try to learn not only their name, but also something about them that I can relate to. This makes people feel that they are part of something. I would never want anyone to feel like they aren't special. I want this to catch on so other people start doing it as well. That's when it will be really powerful.