How did you discover your passion for what you do?

I discovered my passion for working as a college professor when I was IN college. I was surrounded by incredible mentors who helped me discern what I wanted to do and who I wanted to be. Who wouldn’t want to be in college forever!? Last I checked I’m in the 30th grade and have no plans to leave the academy. I’m surrounded by curious faculty and students who push me to be different, to be better every day. I often say that I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up, but working in a college setting – in a leadership program – lets me try on many hats to best serve as many people as I can in as many creative ways as I can.


How do you continue to grow and be a lifelong learner?

Approaching people, my research and my life with curiosity allows me to grow and be a lifelong learner. Approaching the world through more curiosity and less criticism allows me to ask questions in a way that I used to do when I was really young – and embracing that childlike curiosity has encouraged me to find inspiration in some oddball places I wouldn’t have otherwise looked.


What is your favorite thing to do outside of work?

My favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time volunteering as the President of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Innocence Project, finding new adventures with my family and practicing yoga.