Disability Studies '15
Hometown: Huntington Woods, MI
What brought you to the Syracuse University School of Education?
In the summer of 2011 I came to Syracuse to speak at two big conferences (the Summer Leadership Institute and Disabled & Proud). I knew about the pioneers of disability rights in Syracuse and could see how progressive the city and the School of Education was in their actions toward Inclusion. I met many people who were thinking outside the box and I loved talking with them. I immediately felt at home in the city so I made plans to move and have been here since January 2012. I'm now a Teaching Assistant for School of Education classes, I’m taking classes, such as DSP 200, and I'm continuing to tell my story as a guest lecturer in many School of Education classes.
Who are the most influential people in your life?
My parents have been my guide and best advocates. When I told them that I wanted to move to Syracuse they were happy that I was going to try something new and helped me develop a great support team in Syracuse.
What has been your biggest challenge so far?
At first, finding housing was scary. I was really worried about meeting my housemate but now we are really good friends and I’m happy to have had that experience.
What was your childhood ambition?
When I was little I thought being a doctor was a cool idea; but, When I found out how long they go to school for I changed my ambition to being a camp director.
What is your dream job now?
Now that I’ve been teaching for a while, I found that I really enjoy it and want to continue teaching students!
What's most valuable to you at the School of Education or Syracuse University?
The people and all the relationships that were built since I've been here. Looking back now, I can see that all the hard work really paid off.
Do you have any advice to students with disabilities looking to go to college?
It’s really important that you try! Find supports, look into classes you are interested in, and get connected. Syracuse University really does have a lot of resources!
What other activities are you involved in?
At Syracuse, I work with the Inclusive U, the BCCC (Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee), SUPAC (Syracuse University Parent Advocacy Center). I am also involved in TASH.