Hometown: Edina, Minnesota
High School: Hopkins High School
Major: International Relations
Why did you choose University of Puget Sound?
I wanted to leave Minnesota for college not because I didn’t like the Midwest but because college is a good opportunity to live somewhere else relatively risk free. I like pine trees and mountains and water but I also wanted to be close enough to a population center that I could still find a good hole in the wall concert venue. When I found Puget Sound I really liked the unique size (about 800 students larger than the average liberal arts college) and stunning campus.
What has been your favorite course?
My favorite course has been Intro to International Relations with Professor Seth Weinberger. Seth has more or less an encyclopedic knowledge of everything that has ever happened, so every piece of theory came with a real life story and the class seemed to flow much like an adventure novel of world history.
What professor has especially inspired you during your time at Puget Sound?
Check out my last answer. He also has 4 different degrees and was an advisor for The West Wing. He’s a boss.
What has been your favorite class?
A German oral expression class I took stands out, when, to practice annunciating with authority, half the class remained in our second floor room and the other half regrouped on the sidewalk outside. We then proceeded to perform several emotionally rousing German versions of the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet. However my most interesting class experience occurred last year when I spent the day in prison with my Detention Politics class.
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite place on campus is without doubt Todd Field. It is the place where the eclectic makeup of the student body and the great atmosphere it creates shines through most clearly. In the spring, when we have one of our first bluebird days after a long winter, everyone congregates on the field, playing Frisbee, soccer, guitar, doing homework, or just hanging out. Because of the school's small size and strong community, you can always wander out to Todd Field alone and still find plenty of people you know to hang out with. The atmosphere when we all come together is great and I think demonstrates that, though we are serious students, we are also inclined to enjoy and celebrate the sun once in a while.
What is your favorite food in the Wheelock Student Center?
You can’t go wrong with a toasted Italian sandwich on a baguette from the Deli
What advice would you give to a prospective student or first year about the Puget Sound experience?
You have a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in close proximity to hundreds of extremely passionate and outgoing people. Learning does not stop in the classroom and our campus is one of the most exciting places to learn I have ever been. Our student body comes from such a unique combination of backgrounds and influences, a combination you will never be so closely surrounded by again. Take the time to talk to people about what they are interested in. You never know what you may become interested in as well, and everybody is always willing to teach. Take advantage of your classmate’s knowledge and jump into something that you have always wanted to do.
What campus activities do you participate in?
I have worked in the Admissions office in some capacity since I was a freshman and have thoroughly enjoyed myself and gained some valuable work experience. I am a member of the Greek System, where I have built some amazing relationships and sang a lot of Neil Diamond. I am also the captain of the club hockey team at Puget Sound.
What quirky or fun thing do you wish you had known before you came to Puget Sound?
If you are lucky enough to be done with your finals by Tuesday or so of finals week, there is a fabulous tradition of running through the Library with baked goods. You get to be everyone’s hero for about 20 minutes, which is awesome. So bring your favorite recipe.
Who is your favorite character from a movie/book/television series?
Whatever happened to Sidney Bristow from Alias…
If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
I would like to witness the conversations between President Truman and his advisors as they made the decision to use nuclear weapons against Japan in WWII, and then the conversation that happens before the next time they are used. Does the balance of morality and situational tactics change over time?
What’s the #1 most played song on your iPod?
The number one song played on my iPod is Shake Everything You Got by Maceo Parker, the saxophone player and bandleader formerly of the James Brown Band and George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic, from the album Live on Planet Groove. It’s what you would call happy music, meaning as Maceo explains in the intro, “When you hear it, you start moving and shaking something – automatically. Good lord!”
You have a 10 minute speech to give at a high school, what is it about?
As a politics major, criticizing the other side doesn’t make you intelligent, especially when you lack a message of your own. Create an idea, and use your energy for the betterment and promotion of your idea. Then you won’t need to criticize anybody.