Warrensburg High School
Board of Governors
Omicron Delta Kappa
Humans vs Zombies
Association of Computing Machinery
Honors or Recognition:
Presidents Honorary Scholarship, American Astronomical Society Chambliss Achievement Student Award Honorable Mention, SMACS Scholar, ODK Student Hall of Fame Award, Discipline Honors by the faculty of Computer Science, Richard de Neufville Fellow at MIT
What attracted you to Truman?
When selecting an undergrad institution I visited 20 schools after researching those and many others. In comparison to many, where it seemed that I might be able to do "cool" things after taking huge classes and cleaning lab equipment for a few years, Truman felt different. Professors remembered me between visits, classes seemed like interactions - not lectures, and students and professors actually cared.
Great people, incredible opportunities, affordable price.
What has surprised you about Truman?
The greatest opportunities are not those you schedule in your 4-year plan.
How would you describe life at Truman to a friend?
Truman is a residential campus. Meaning: this is our home, these are our friends, this is our life. It is an environment filled with friends that care about academics, about research, about each other, about the future, about having a blast. I have never met a more creative body of 6,000 individuals that WILL change the world.
Have you studied abroad, done an internship, or participated in undergraduate research?
I participated in the STEP Summer Research Program in the summer of 2007. After which I was an active researcher in 2 astronomy research projects over the following 2 years. The Search for Pulsating Components in Binary Star Systems and CCD Photometry of Asteroids have both resulted in published papers.
In the summers of 2008 and 2009 I interned at Cerner, in Kansas City, and in my final semester I am interning for Senator David Pearce at the Missouri State Senate.
What are your plans after graduation?
I will be attending MIT for graduate school as a Richard de Neufville Fellow.
What do you do for fun in Kirksville?
Lots of things! However, if I were to pick one, I would say Humans vs Zombies. For the past three years I have had the distinct pleasure of helping run a week long game of tag. Every semester 300+ students come out for a game like no other. All players start as a human (designated with a bandanna around their arm). From this pool, a handful (1-5) are selected by the moderators to be the Original Zombies. These zombies tag humans to turn them into zombies (designated with a bandanna around their head). Humans are not without means of defense, however, as they can throw a balled up sock or shoot a zombie with a nerf dart to "stun" them for 15 minutes (a zombie is unable to tag a human while stunned). The game takes place 24 hours a day for up to a week - if you are outside, you are playing.
Trust me, it’s a blast to plan, to watch, to play.