Before coming to D.C. for college, I spent most of my life in a small sea-faring town in rural Eastern North Carolina. I was a curious child and ever since I could remember, I was either nose deep in a science text book or outside exploring the wilderness. I graduated as valedictorian from Dixon High School in 2015, and it was at that time that I decided to take a step out of my comfort zone and make the move to D.C. to study at Georgetown University.

At Georgetown, most of my time is spent researching influenza dynamics in the Shweta Bansal Laboratory. I am also a student fellow for the Georgetown University Global Health Initiative where I work to advance our understanding of how disease ecology, network science, and computer modeling can be harnessed together to promote global health security.

My other commitments at Georgetown including being a consultant for Innovo Consulting, an entirely student-run consulting group that works with non-profits and socially minded start ups in the D.C. area and across the country as well as serving on the philanthropy committee for Students of Georgetown, Inc., the largest entirely student-run non-profit in the world. At Innovo, I specialize in issues related to health, science, and internet strategy. In my position on the philanthropy committee for “the Corp,” I engage with students across the Georgetown community and help them make their dreams a reality through the allocation of grant money. I have also written pieces of public policy on a range of healthcare related issues and been a part of Global Brigades where I traveled to Honduras to work with communities to improve their basic public health infrastructure and engage in youth educational campaigns related to sanitation. The increasingly small amount of free time I have is split between exploring Washington’s food scene and pursuing amateur photography. 

After Georgetown, I plan on obtaining a Masters in Public Health in epidemiology and working to make the world a better and safer place from infectious diseases by being a disease detective.