Why did you choose your major?
As a kid, I always enjoyed playing outside and, as I grew older, I developed a love for computers. The combination of geography, computers, maps and data just stood out to me as the best path to take.
What excites you about your future?
I’m excited that I have a broad range of possibilities for my career. I still like the outdoors, but I want an office job; I want to sit at a computer and play with maps and data all day. This summer I have a paid internship at a public works software company where I’ll work on creating and updating maps.
What will you take from your experience at UMKC into your professional career?
I will take crucial technical skills, life skills and some great friendships. The Department of Geosciences is small and tight-knit, and Dr. Steven Driever and Dr. Wei Ji have both seen potential in me and have gone to great lengths to help me succeed. They’ve also taught me nearly all the important technical skills for my career, and have greatly broadened my understanding of the world.
What extracurricular activities were you involved in at UMKC?
Last spring, as part of the Student Environmental Coalition, I helped with a Missouri River cleanup. We went out on boats to pick up trash on 4-5 miles of the river.