Recruited as a distance runner out of high school, I enrolled in the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in June 2011. Attending one of the academies is supposed to be life changing. My decision to attend the Academy changed my perspective on a number of foundational principles: leadership, accountability, even fairness. Though I decided to leave the Academy to attend a public university, my Academy experience would stay with me. It would also propel me towards a law career.
By becoming an attorney, I seek to further my ability to advocate for diverse populations in need, to fight policies that threaten human rights, and to be an agent for peace in the international community by promoting the equality of all human life.
In the years forming these ambitions, I found myself inspired by my faith, and assured by practice, to pursue a career wherein I could serve others. Above all, it was this motif of service that remained constant while my career aspirations fluctuated.
Growing up in Charles Town, West Virginia, I quickly learned the importance of community. My father was a firefighter and my mother has dedicated her entire career to our county government. These strong examples of citizenship and community-building helped pave the way to my passion.
While growing up, my father, mother, and grandparents taught me to lead a selfless life; they taught me to earn my accomplishments and use those accomplishments to give back to my community whenever possible.
I grew up in Fort Walton Beach, Florida and attended Auburn University. During one of my undergraduate summers, I spent 6 weeks in Kenya; teaching children in rural schools and teaching young educators about new techniques to implement in their classrooms.