1. What is your undergraduate degree in?
I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Plant Sciences with a concentration in Public Horticulture from UTK

2. Did you partake in any internships during your time in the MLA program? If so, where?
I tested out a variety of firms and realms of practice during my time as a student. I had two summer internships – one at the Tennessee RiverLine in Knoxville and one at Surface Design in San Francisco – and two winter externships – one at Design Workshop in Aspen and one at Merritt Chase in Pittsburgh. These were incredibly valuable experiences in understanding my own interests and what types of practice I want to pursue.

3. What aspect of the school has had the most impact on you?
SoLA really challenged my notions of both landscape and design and pushed me to explore intersections of landscape with art, fiction, and film. I now have a new and deep appreciation for the role storytelling and speculation plays in challenging conventional approaches of landscape architecture.

4. What advice would you give to incoming students?
Be extremely open and perceptive to alternative ideas and approaches while staying grounded in your origins and earliest passions that led you to this point.

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