As the Program Director for PICS, I work closely with Princeton Alumni and Community Partners to develop meaningful internships and experiences in the civic service arena. On the student front, I am always happy to talk with students about their interests and what internships might best intersect with their wants and wishes for their summer experiences. In my position, I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to shape and guide PICS, all with the help of our program coordinator, our Student Advisory Committee, and our PICS Fellow. Collaborating with various campus and office partners is one of my favorite parts of the job, and I would be happy to collaborate with you as well!
I am passionate about student development, and understanding and encouraging the student experience, especially when it comes to service. I am equally as passionate about preparing students for a meaningful career post-graduation, and ensuring the work they go on to do will help make the world a better place. These passions have driven my career path, and I am lucky enough to work in a role and place that allows my passions and work to converge. I have worked in higher education for the entirety of my professional career, starting at the Career and Professional Development Center with the Law School at Duke University. In 2017, I joined Princeton University as the assistant director of career development and alumni relations in the School of Public and International Affairs’ Graduate Program office, and joined the Pace Center in October of 2021. I hold a bachelor of arts degree in history from The University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a master’s degree in higher education administration from North Carolina State University. I am a proud native of North Carolina, but have found New Jersey to be a lovely home away from home, and a place where I want to stay.
Come Talk to Me About
- Securing a summer service internship
- Being an Ambassador for your PICS experience
- Connecting with Princeton alumni
- What it means to have a service-focused internship, and how to use that experience during your time here at Princeton, and after you graduate
What I’m Reading
I am a voracious reader, and set a goal each year to read and/or listen to a certain number of books. For 2022, my goal was 40 books, and I will be shooting for 50 for 2023. My favorite books this year have been, “True Biz” by Sara Novic, “Lessons in Chemistry” by Bonnie Garmus, and “The Invisible Life of Addie La Rue” by V.E. Schwab. Each of these books introduced me to a different group of people, and gave me insight into the human experience in different ways. I am always looking for book recommendations, especially recommendations for how to diversify my bookshelf, so I welcome any ideas!
Favorite Community Spot
I do not live in the Princeton area, but I have always enjoyed running by the canal. I find it peaceful and rejuvenating, and know I will find restoration during my time by the canal. I love walking, too, so I try to find moments to just get outside as much as possible.