Explain your career path

Upon graduating from Southeast Missouri State University in 2014, I went on to receive my Masters of Fine Arts in Printmaking from the University of North Texas in 2018. After graduation, I relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where I taught part-time at St. Charles Adult and Community Education Center. Recently, I accepted the position of Exhibition Coordinator at the St. Louis Artists' Guild and I'm an Adjunct teaching at St. Charles Community College.

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

I was a Bachelors of Fine Arts major during my time at Southeast and have always had a love for the arts and teaching.

Why did you choose to attend Southeast?

Southeast was close to home and was way more affordable than other colleges.

Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?

Kristen Powers Nowlin and Hannah March Sanders both had an extreme dedication to their students and pushed me further to achieve goals that I would have never thought were possible.

Share your best college memory.

During my senior year, taking a study abroad course with Emily Booth, Louise Bodenheimer in London. Being able to explore a new country, and make art was absolutely amazing.

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.

Achieving my Masters of Fine Arts was a long time dream that I had from a very young age. I'm also extremely proud to work for the nonprofit St. Louis Artists' Guild helping organize art exhibitions to share exceptional art with the community of St. Louis, Missouri.

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

That the connections you make at Southeast last long beyond your time at Southeast, and the teachers are extremely invested in their students.

Describe Southeast in three words.

Excellence, Personal, Rewarding

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

Keep pushing yourself even when things don't go as expected, I wouldn't have ever expected to be in the position I am today and take every opportunity no matter how small.