Why did you choose Murray State?
The first thing that I liked about Murray was the campus. The first time I visited, it felt like home. It was the perfect size school for me, and I liked that the class sizes were small. It was far away enough from home but not too far away. It was also important that it actually had my program because some of the other schools that I looked at didn’t have Creative Writing programs.
What’s an interesting fact about you that would surprise
I write almost all of my stories on paper before I type them. I'm not sure why, but I think better when I do that.
Where is your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is where the benches are in the quad right outside of Pogue Library. I like reading and doing homework there when it is warm outside.
What advice would you give high school students about college?
Enjoy it! Embrace the experience. The education is just part of the final product-- you learn about who you are and how to love people from all walks of life. Keep an open mind while staying grounded.
What’s something you’ve accomplished at MSU that you’re most proud of and why?
My proudest accomplishment at Murray State is winning the Racer Fiction Writer of the Year Award in 2012. Because of that, my story was published in Notations. It always feels good to know that someone liked something that I wrote.
What do you think makes the city of Murray special?
The people in Murray are what make it special. When I first moved here, I was amazed at how friendly people were. I’m fairly sure that I never opened a door by myself for the first two years because there was always someone ahead of me who would wait and hold it open for me.
What is your favorite MSU tradition?
All Campus Sing is my favorite MSU tradition. I love seeing so many different types of people all gathered, just to listen to music and have a good time. I participated in it my freshman year as a part of Hester College, and it was so much fun to come up with our show and perform it in front of everyone.
As soon as I visited Murray State University for the first time, I knew this was where I wanted to go to school. I could tell that this was where I would learn the most as well as get the best experiences with extra-curricular clubs, activities, and events. Murray State University felt like home the first time I visited, and that has not changed in the three years that I have been here.
Coming to MSU would have been much more difficult if I had not been the recipient of the Regents Scholarship. This has allowed me to focus even harder on my academics without the stress of financial issues. I have had more money and time to spend on activities outside of class, such as Newman Center and Racer Band, because of this scholarship.