Meet the Counselors
Territory: Greater Michigan and Illinois
Hometown: Prospect Heights, IL
Majors: Art and English
Year of Graduation: 2012
Extracurricular Involvement while at Hillsdale College: Hillsdale College Symphony Orchestra, Student Ceilidh Band, Adopt-A-Grandparent, Resident Advisor, Writing Center Tutor, Editor-in-Chief of Tower Light Student Literary Journal, Hillsdale College Honors Program, External Affairs Student Writer, Lamplighters Women’s Honorary, Oxford Study Abroad Program
Hobbies: I’d drop anything for walking among tall trees, watching sunsets, camping, and outdoor activities of any kind. I love letting my creativity run loose through art, music, and reading, and I enjoy cooking, team sports, and listening to people tell stories on front porches.
Favorite Books: Out of many, many titles, these come immediately to mind: Death Comes for the Archbishop, Gilead, The Little Prince, The Hobbit, and David Copperfield.
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: On a warm fall night, a friend and I sat by Lake Baw Beese in Hillsdale and looked up into a velvety black sky studded with diamond-like stars. In that silence, I remember the humility and wonder I felt as, what I had recently been studying, this dear friendship, and the glory of creation expanded within me into deep gratitude. Just like the multitude of stars I saw that night, these types of moments—whether in class or outside of school—are too numerous to count.
Words of Wisdom: Though I struggled, at first, in what seemed a tug-of-war between social life and academics, I gradually began to understand that my studies helped me see into humanity with greater depth, though only if I exercised this learning through interacting with and loving others. Life centers on relationships, however hard that may be. With this lesson in mind, I encourage students to avoid segmenting their lives into separate parts, limiting their interests, and separating themselves from others. Let what you learn from others and what you learn from your studies meld into a whole by taking moments to wonder at them and be grateful.
Phone: (517) 607-2523
Territory: AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, ME, MD, MA, MS, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, Greater Ohio
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Year of Graduation: 2012
Extracurricular Involvement while at Hillsdale College: Tower Dancers, Hillsdale College Republicans, Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador, French Honorary
Hobbies: Dance (of any kind), music, photography, anything in the mountains, reading, traveling
Favorite Books: There are far too many to list, but The Aeneid by Virgil, The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, The Chosen by Chaim Potok, and The Abolition of Man by C.S. Lewis are among a few.
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: I loved so many things about my time at Hillsdale, from the late-night conversations with friends, to our many outdoor adventures, to breakfast at the Coffee Cup Diner. As far as classes go, Soft Despotism with Dr. Rahe, Constitutional Law with Justice Markman, and Aristotle’s Ethics Dr. Arnn were my favorites.
Words of Wisdom: Be intentional about building relationships with others while learning as much as possible from them. There is no such thing as a “self-made” man, so make it a point to seek wisdom and counsel from those people whose judgement can be trusted. Learn the lessons, habits, instincts, and strengths of these people and make them your own. This may require stepping out of your comfort zone, but if you learn to ask good questions, seek full answers, think well, and stay humble, there is much awaiting you.
Phone: (517) 607-2326
Territory: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NE, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hometown: Newport, MI
Major/Minor: Political Science/English
Year of Graduation: 2008
Extracurricular Involvement while at Hillsdale College: Hillsdale Christian Fellowship, Resident Advisor, Alpha Rho Tau Art Honorary, IM Basketball
Hobbies: I love to read, cook, rollerblade, travel, and spend time with friends and family (especially on the water).
Favorite Authors: C.S. Lewis, Willa Cather, David McCullough, L.M. Montgomery, Aristotle, and Beryl Markham
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: There are so many! Classes with Victor Davis Hanson and David McCullough, late nights with friends, football games, and ice-skating on the pond.
Words of Wisdom: Challenge yourself to learn the balance between time spent on academics and time spent elsewhere. Remember that your studies are serious—it is unlikely you will have another chance to study so many important things so carefully—but focusing on depth of involvement (rather than breadth) means you can have a great impact outside the classroom, too. In short: work hard, play hard; think hard, laugh hard.
Phone: (734) 516-3193
Territory: AR, IA, KS, LA, MN, MO, NM, ND, OK, SD, TX, WI, Northern Ohio, International
Hometown: Bloomfield, New Mexico
Major: Marketing Management
Year of Graduation: 2011
Extracurricular Involvement while at Hillsdale College: Pi Beta Phi sorority, Alpha Mu Alpha Marketing honorary, Eta Sigma Phi Classical Studies honorary, IM Sports, Student Ambassador, G.O.A.L. program volunteer
Favorite Class: Dr. Blackstock’s Readings in Power, Leadership, and Responsibility was definitely a favorite. It was both the most profound and the most practical class I’ve ever taken.
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: It’s impossible to just pick one! My favorite memories include my entire senior year, Centralhallapalooza every year, football games, spontaneous weekend trips with friends, late-night chats with my roommate (where we solved all the problems of the world), Easter 2011, karaoke nights, coffee dates at Checker Records, marketing “study” sessions, the Ice Storm blackout (when we stayed up almost all night with headlamps and glowsticks), joining my sorority, Sunday brunches at Finish Line, and passing my Calculus class.
Words of Wisdom: “Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.” – Mother Teresa
Phone: (517) 607-2324
Territory: Metro Detroit, Indiana
Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
Majors: History and French
Year of Graduation: 2011
Extracurricular Involvement while at Hillsdale College: Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, Student Ambassador, The Manor Foundation volunteer, Community Sports Outreach, Pi Delta Phi French honorary
Hobbies: Basketball (playing, coaching, and watching), country music, reading great books, yard games, bonfires, and learning.
Favorite Books: It’s hard to choose only a few, but I can say that the writings of Russell Kirk, G.K. Chesterton, and C.S. Lewis have deeply impacted my life. Kirk’s Prospects for Conservatives and Roots of American Order, Chesterton’s Orthodoxy and Manalive, and Lewis’ The Great Divorce, The Four Loves, and The Abolition of Man are works everyone should read at some point in their lives. Other favorites include Dante’s Divine Comedy, Robert Massie’s Nicholas and Alexandra, and John Wooden’s They Call Me Coach.
Favorite Hillsdale Memory: Again, impossible to choose just one. Some of my fondest Hillsdale memories are times spent with friends making midnight runs to the Dutch Uncle doughnut shop in Coldwater and early morning breakfasts with others at the Coffee Cup diner in town. Some of my best conversations and friendships were formed and fostered over these regular occurrences. The friends I met at Hillsdale will forever be my favorite memories.
Words of Wisdom: College is only four years, sometimes five. So don’t wait to be an active member of the college community! Get involved in activities, visit your professors in their offices, meet new people, and read great things. It’s easy as a freshman or sophomore to hold back and just go with the flow, but as I’ve learned, the best way to get adjusted to college is to dive right in. Take advantage of all the opportunities and especially all the people the College has to offer—before you know it, you’ll be walking across a stage with a diploma in your hand; but also, for my everyday life, I try to live by coach John Wooden’s counsel: “You cannot live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
Phone: (517) 607-2329