Explain your career path

Currently I’m a content reviewer at CSN. I go over social media videos and help deem them age appropriate for ages 2-12. I’m also a part time nanny for the sweetest little boy! My big career plan though is to get my dream job as a Child Life Specialist! I’m currently in my masters at Missouri State University pursuing Child life.

What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?

My major at SEMO was Family studies with a minor in Child Development. The Family studies/child development department is amazing! Your professors are there for you no matter what time of day it is, no matter what day it is. They value success, determination, hard work, and honesty.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

For me it was the halfway point between my parents and I had my older brother there with me for my first year.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

My older brother played a big role my freshman year. Then the following years after that would be Mr. Tony Faber and Dr. Sarah Kuborn! They were always there for me and to help me!

Share your best college memory.

There’s quite a lot to pick from. I think my favorite one though is all the lunch dates my older brother and I had throughout my freshman year. We’d get lunch once or twice a week and catch up on each other’s life. Then living in the sorority house with my best friend was amazing! We had so many fun nights.

If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.

I’m a founding member of the Kappa Gamma chapter of Alpha Phi at Southeast Missouri State. I never thought that I’d help found a new sorority but I did! I gained some of the greatest people in my life because of Alpha Phi and I’ll forever be thankful for that. Looking back at my time at SEMO, makes me miss my sorority. Especially my best friends. There’s always ups and downs to anything especially starting a sorority. But it’s made me a better person, someone who loves harder, cares more, and if it wasn’t for Alpha Phi I never would have broken out of my bubble.

What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?

Not to take your time at college for granted and to get involved with organizations on campus! It doesn’t have to be Greek Life, there are so many clubs that SEMO as to offer.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Beautiful, Friendly, Welcoming

What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?

It’s hard work, and it can be very trying at times. Don’t give up though! Let your passion be the fuel you need to keep going strong!