Hometown: Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.
Go East, Young Woman
She drinks tea instead of coffee, but you might expect that from a girl raised in the shadow of Los Angeles. Not a surfer or beach bum, but fiercely proud of the Left Coast. "We have all the good food in California!" She compiled a thick notebook of information on nine colleges. She visited Davidson, loved it, and the offer of a Presidential Scholarship clinched the deal.
Art As Love
Art has always been her passion. For eight summers she's worked at a five-week day camp at her K-12 school, teaching kids visual and performing arts, rising through the ranks from counselor-in-training to assistant director and festival coordinator. She's taken just about every art course in the Davidson catalog.
Art As Academic
She chose to major in art history rather than studio because her professors have so much insight and expertise to offer. She's also pursuing an academic concentration in education to boost her qualifications as a teacher, and spends every Monday assisting the head art teacher at a nearby private school. She's applying to master's degree programs in teaching, and could see herself directing an art program in a few years. "My mom always thought I would be a teacher, and it turns out she's probably right!"
Cheers for the Wildcats!
She's most widely recognized on campus as the captain of the cheerleading squad. It's a big commitment. The team practices three times a week for 90 minutes, and lifts weights at 7:30 a.m. twice a week. Cheering suits her West Coast temperament. "We're doing it because we want to. It's a bunch of girls who love it and want to be there, and that leads to good attitudes and good times." The best memory was getting to travel with the men's basketball team during its run to the Elite Eight in Detroit. "It still just doesn't seem real. We weren't expecting it and then were thrown into this national spotlight. Being able to sit in the best seats in the house wasn't bad either!"