Tell us about your life.
As I grew up with a military background (I am known as an “Army brat,” if you will), with an American father and German mother, my life has been anything but monotonous. I was born in the US, in the great old state of Alabama. When I was 9 months old, my family moved to Bamberg, Germany. From the age of 4 to 12, I moved around quite often, living in Connecticut, North Carolina, and Washington D.C. Although I was living in Stuttgart, Germany during my high school years, I was attending a Department of Defense High School on base. Prior to transferring to Jacobs and receiving a BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, I studied for 2 years at Elon University, North Carolina pursuing a major in Biochemistry and minors in Statistics and Exercise Science.
How has your Jacobs education helped you personally and professionally?
Transferring to Jacobs was the best decision I could have possibly made in my life, and I do not mean this in a cheesy sense. Jacobs offers so many advantages both personally and professionally compared to any run-of-the-mill university. Personally, I was able to meet so many people stemming from all over the world, and had the opportunity to be exposed to many diverse cultures. I would consider myself a dabbler in the culinary arts; so, having the experience to cook authentic Burmese curries and Biryani, or inventing “fusion Polish and Burmese food” with a great group of people are memories that I will always cherish. At Jacobs, I was able to make lifelong friends. Sure, you can make lifelong friends at any university, but you can make friends from over 100 countries only at Jacobs.