cuneBachelor’s degree in English and History, Concordia University, Seward, NE

  • Graduated in May 2017
  • GPA: 3.93 on 4.0 scale

I entered Concordia in August 2013 with the intention of completing majors in English and history. I was named an Outstanding Student in the English, Communications, and Theatre Arts Department in May 2017. My studies in English encompassed both writing and literature, including Journalistic Editing, Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, Shakespeare, World Literature I, American Literature II, British Literature III, and Sociolinguistics. I also took an independent study capstone class focused on textual criticism and editing. You can find a detailed list of my college courses here.

I enjoyed taking various classes that were not part of my major but counted toward general education and electives. Courses like Church Art and Architecture,  Art History III, Psychology 101, Introduction to Film Criticism, Faith and Life, Introduction to Logic, Astronomy, and Theatre History intrigued me and allowed me to look into subjects that I had not previously learned much about. I appreciated the opportunity I have at Concordia to take various liberal arts classes other than my major as they supplement and deepen my understanding of English and history.

During my college years, I served as the copy editor and managing editor of our campus newspaper, The Sower.

Semester abroad, Concordia International Studies Consortium

  • Spring semester 2016 in Rome, Italy, and Wittenberg, Germany
  • Weeklong service project teaching English at a school in Gyor, Hungary
  • Arts and Culture in Rome, History of Christianity, German 101, Intercultural Communication, and Managing in the Global Economy

Read more about my international experience here or check out my half-started blog about my semester abroad.

I attended Xavier High School, a Catholic high school in Cedar Rapids, IA. While at Xavier, I focused on learning good study habits and how to research and write.

I took upper-level classes and AP classes. I took four years of Spanish, three years of French, and two years of Latin. I joined the newspaper my junior year and wrote news stories; senior year I wrote news stories and copy edited articles.

I played volleyball for two years but had to stop due to various injuries; I then coached volleyball at two local middle schools and for the Cougar Volleyball club for three years.


I attended Trinity Lutheran School in Cedar Rapids, IA, from kindergarten through eighth grade.