I am a native of Belleville, Illinois, a suburb located a short drive from St. Louis, Missouri on the other side of the Mississippi. Accordingly, I've been a lifelong fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, and I enjoy an occasional trip to Wrigley for an excuse to sit outside and watch the Cards play the Cubs. I received a BBA in Management and the Hamilton Award for Management from the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, for graduating at the top of my major. I have been an active member of the Notre Dame Alumni Association and I cheer on the football team on or off campus whenever I can.
I spent my grad school years working at the University of Rochester, braving the lake effect snow, and discovering a love of summer I never knew I had growing up. In Rochester I was active in the Couchsurfing community as well as the Notre Dame Club of Rochester, serving as secretary of the latter. I also began running competitively, and I've enjoyed competitive races and triathalons in Tennessee, New York, France, and Illinois.
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Living in Toulouse, France was a wonderful experience, and during my time there I was able to pick up a conversational comfort with French and enjoy practicing it whenever I can. I also interned for seven months for a member of the US House of Representatives in 2006 rather than studying abroad. I had a great time exploring the ins and outs of life in Congress and in the US Capitol, making friends with whom I still keep in contact. However, I worked for the Office of International Studies at Notre Dame and after a long wait I was very happy to make up for lost time and explore Europe and the Middle East with my time living overseas. I already miss tartare de boeuf, excellent French bread and Roquefort, and of course, the wine. On the bright side, I have been enjoying exploring Nashville during my time at Vanderbilt as well as the hot chicken and excellent local craft beer.