Loyola University Chicago; BA in History
Public Interest Law Group; WLSA; McMillian Scholars; Citizenship Literacy Tutor at the International Institute
Do you have any strong passions? I am most passionate about social justice, which is intertwined with my faith.
What past experience has had the most impact on your life? Choosing to attend Loyola University Chicago was a decision that opened up a lot of other experiences for me. Moving from rural Minnesota to Chicago was a big culture shift, but stepping outside my comfort zone made me see the world in new ways. A Jesuit education in the city of Chicago exposed me to social justice issues and how to participate in change. My time at Loyola also led to studying abroad in South Africa and then doing a year of post-grad volunteer service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, NW and attending SLU LAW. I am grateful for all the experiences Loyola opened for me.
Favorite musical artist: The Avett Brothers
Why did you want to go to law school?
My experiences of working with women coming out of the prison system and women experiencing intimate partner violence made me aware of the intimidation and powerlessness many people experience when interacting with the justice system. I think it is important to empower all people who need to interact with the legal system. There is a lot of power within the law, and I think currently the power belongs to those with the most wealth. I wanted to go to law school because I want to be a part of equalizing the power difference that currently exists.
What’s your best experience at SLU LAW?
After touring a number of law schools, two things stuck out to me about SLU. First, every professor I talked to was warm and interesting. They were professional, yet they seemed like real people. Thankfully, this has been reinforced by every professor I have had for class at SLU LAW! I feel challenged, but I also feel like the professors here want students to learn the best they can. All of the faculty and staff – from Admissions to Career Services – genuinely want students to succeed and are supportive throughout the education process. I am so grateful for their work. The second thing that impressed me was how much the students talked about community. Students are open to one another, and there are a lot of opportunities to get to know people better, from softball leagues to professional events. Peer support is really important throughout, and after, law school.
Do you have a favorite place to go downtown?
I like the 12th floor of the law school. The public library downtown is also a beautiful place to study; and Mississippi Mud when my studying needs more caffeine!
Where is your favorite place to spend Saturday afternoon in St. Louis?
The Tower Grove Park Farmer’s Market. Great food and free yoga outside!
What would you tell a prospective student about living in St. Louis?
St. Louis is a great size. There are many fun neighborhoods that have a lot of character, but also plenty of green space. The people here are really down to earth and friendly.
What does St. Louis offer that you didn’t expect?
I lived in Portland, Oregon, for a year before moving to St. Louis and grew to love bike commuting. I was happy to find that St. Louis has a downtown bike center where you can store your bike and shower (and that SLU students get special rates!).