<<- Back to Alumni
I first read "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac when I was 17 and there are no other words besides "life changing" to describe its impact on how I have chosen to live my life. I have spent the last 6 years playing many different roles in a variety of locations. I was a four-sport athlete in high school and received scholarship money to wrestle and play football while studying to be a physical therapist at a prestigious private college. Before the first semester, high expectations turned into pain and blurred memories of freshman and sophomore years at Loras College in Dubuque, IA and then, Scott CC in Bettendorf, IA. I then decided that college wasn't for me. Needing a source of income, I went to work as a welder's helper for a natural gas pipeline in Laramie, WY and, the 6-month experience was the definition of a blessing in disguise. After returning to Davenport, IA and, floating around without direction, 3 friends from home convinced me to come to WIU. A month into being an Agriculture major, I changed my major to RPTA and, ECOEE was a large part of that decision for me. Many people have told me that I have an "old soul" and I like to think that at 23 I have experiences that some could never imagine. I am going back to work for U.S. Pipeline this summer in Orange, TX to pay for medical bills and tuition to allow this fall's experience to take place. My motto is: Living for the experience is the only way to die with out regret.