Living for the 'light bulb' moment
Trine University - Rinker-Ross School of Health Sciences
B.S., forensic science, Trine University; M.S., physiology, Ball State University
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As an undergraduate at Trine University, I majored in forensic science with minors in both biology and chemistry. I chose Trine University because I loved the strong sense of community. Coming from a small town in northwest Indiana, I wanted to avoid the hustle and bustle of a larger university. Angola simply felt like home. I lived on campus all four years and participated in many groups on campus such as Phi Sigma Sorority, The National Society of Leadership and Success, ACS, TUFFS, Trine’s marching band, and Order of Omega. I even worked at Bon Appetit as a line server!
I first discovered my passion for teaching when I was a graduate assistant at Ball State University. Although it sounds rather cliché, I fell in love with the “light bulb moment,” and the joy I felt in helping my students achieve their academic goals. When I was given the opportunity to teach at Trine University, I was elated. I am proud to be back at my alma mater – not a lot of people my age can say that they absolutely love their job! As faculty, I have taken on advising roles in Trine’s Relay for Life Team, Phi Sigma Sorority, and the Trine University Future Forensic Scientists (TUFFS). Professors are not just teachers – they are leaders, life coaches, counselors and tutors outside of the classroom. I take each of these roles very seriously.
Outside of the university, I enjoy taking care of our wide array of animals (including cats, a bunny, turtles, a tortoise, a hedgehog, ducks and chickens). I also maintain balance between physical activity and social activities. I have also been involved in the International Human Cadaver Prosection Program at Indiana University Northwest for the last six years participating as a team leader in human dissection, radiographic imaging, and education in prosthetics and orthotics. In the next few years, I am looking forward to marrying my fiancé and starting a family.