What is your favorite memory at SMU?  My favorite memories at Saint Mary’s revolve around the amazing people I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with over the past few years. There are every day memories I take for granted that I will miss the most, and there are life changing memories that I will remember for a very long time. One of my favorite every day memories is dressing up in the cardinal mascot suits with Hannah Croonquist at SMU volleyball games, dancing during intermissions with our homemade SMU flag, and making friends with the little kids at the game that thought we actually were giant birds. Another one of my favorite every day memories is cheering on our baseball and softball friends on beautiful spring days, and visiting with Donny Nadeau and Toni Winter during these events. One life changing event that I experienced at Saint Mary’s was getting the opportunity to put on my Saint Mary’s hockey jersey one last time at our home rink for our senior night. It was such an emotional night for many reasons, but the families, students, professors, and administrators that came to that game to support all the seniors made it exceptionally special. 

What are your next steps after graduation? After graduation, I am taking a few years off of school to work in a Biopsychology research lab in Chicago and coach ice hockey. It is my plan to go to medical school and pursue a MD/PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology to help treat military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

Are there any final words you would like to share with the faculty, staff, your fellow students, etc., as you prepare to graduate? I would like to thank all of my professors and a few administrators over the years who taught me how to think differently, who encouraged me to actively pursue anything I was interested in, and finally who taught me how to respect others to no extent. To my fellow graduates, it’s a big world out there and we’re going to be the generation to change it for the better. To my younger students, graduating in four years is overrated.
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