Hometown: Eugene, Oregon
Bio: Before starting school at U of I, I had never lived anywhere but Oregon, first attending the University of Oregon, then transferring to a smaller university. At Southern Oregon University, I realized the importance of one-on-one instruction and its effect on my relationships with my professors and colleagues. After touring a variety of other law schools, the second I walked through the doors at U of I, I knew that this is where I would be spending the next three years of my academic career. After completing my first year, I can say with certainty that the community of classmates and faculty at U of Iis unlike any learning experience I have ever known. Everyone here wants you to succeed, and there’s a place for students from all walks of life.
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest contributed to my love for all things outdoors, making my move to Boise one of the easiest decisions of my life. I spend most of my free time being active, hiking with my dog, backpacking, riding my bike along the greenbelt, or just reading by the river. I’m also a huge foodie, so it’s awesome being so close to all of the amazing restaurants downtown.
Words of Advice: Balancing hobbies and friendships in law school is difficult, but it is also incredibly necessary in order to maintain your mental and physical health. My best advice for any incoming 1L is to simply take a breath, even when the stress and anxiety start to creep in. Stop for a moment and remember that you, just like every other law student, will have trials and tribulations over the next few years. Despite these inevitable obstacles, remind yourself why it is you decided to attend law school in the first place. Above all, remember that we’re all in this together!