What was your undergraduate degree and how did it influence your decision to pursue a MLA?
I received my Bachelor or Architecture from the University of Tennessee before deciding to pursue my MLA. I have always been interested in design and became interested in Landscape Architecture after conducting research on ecological restoration projects. I have enjoyed being in the program and I continue to learn new strategies for designing meaningful
What activities do you pursue outside the school?
 I enjoy staying active and pursuing many activities outside of school. I enjoy outdoor photography, hiking, running, golf, and playing tennis the most. I have also recently taken on road cycling as well.
Are you a part of any student groups or organizations? 
I currently hold the position of President for the Dean Student Advisory Council (DSAC) at the College of Architecture and Design.
Why did you choose the School of Landscape Architecture at UTK? 
I chose the School of Landscape Architecture at UTK for the instructors. The faculty are extremely resourceful and offer open-minded advice that only excites you about the potential in your design work.
Did you have an internship or externship experience? What did you learn from it? 
This past summer I had the privilege to intern at a Landscape Architecture firm in Brightview Design Group Denver, CO. I enjoyed the work and learned many new ways to approach design opportunities. I enjoyed learning about the plant materials used in projects the most.
Do you have any pets? 
I have a dog named Aika and five fishes named Blue, Berry, and The Triplets.
What is one food you cannot resist? 
I enjoy ice cream a lot!
What is the last book you read? 
The last book I read was called The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. It is of the Historical Fiction/Thriller genre.
Where do you get the most inspiration for your work/projects? 
I enjoy going on walks when I am trying to get inspired. I find that I can come up with better ideas if I am moving from place to place, experiencing everything all at once.
How do you learn best? 
I have found that I am a very visual and auditory learner.
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to? 
The coolest place I have traveled too has been in the Archaeological site in San Andrés Cholula, Mexico. Growing up, I was very interested in history and historical landmarks, so visiting this archeological site was very exciting to me.
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