Hometown: Middletown, Maryland
Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
Virginia Tech is a place that is full of opportunity with a small, close-knit, community feel. It is large enough to meet a new person everyday, and welcoming enough to become their long time friend. The Blacksburg community enjoys the students presence in town and the students make the most of each and every local business Blacksburg has to offer. I am constantly surrounded by some of the happiest, most caring people I know and end each day with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. I will always value the time, opportunities, and moments spent on this campus.
Why did you choose your Major?
Throughout high school, I was very focused on math and geometry. I enjoyed definitive answers and the relationship between spaces, but I was also a creatively constructive person, constantly looking for a new project to build or craft to make. My high school did not offer any architecture classes so I was unsure of the idea when I first looked into Virginia Tech. When I took my first step into the studio and saw the different ways students were expressing their ideas in these beautiful messes in stacks upon their desks, I knew it was where I belonged. It was so neat to see the freedom of their thinking and the hands on approach the school was encouraging the students to take in understanding not just architecture, but the concept of design. Architecture encompasses so many different things including structure, acoustics, lighting, heating/cooling, and so much more – it allows you to be passionate about more than one thing in order to create something that best benefits others. I look forever to carrying all of these passions forward into a career.