22, Bismarck, ND
Hello there friend! I am originally from Minnesota (my favorite place in the world), but currently I am in Bismarck, ND, pursuing my undergrad at the University of Mary, where I will receive my degree in Psychology with a minor in Addictions Counseling.
I absolutely love being Catholic. My faith is everything to me, and it influences everything I do. I took two years off of school to serve with NET Ministries, and it changed the way I viewed the world dramatically. I loved growing deeper in my faith and learning how to live in such intentional community with others. Giving my life away in love is my mission that I know God is calling me to, and I gained this mission from my time with NET. Now that I am in school, the mission field has changed, but how I love has only grown. One of my favorite things is music, and I am currently a keyboardist and vocalist for Ablaze Worship Collective, our campus worship band. I also serve as the coordinator of youth ministry for our campus ministry program, which allows students to have active outreach into the community. I assemble a team for 2 different events, off-campus retreats for middle school and high school students, and NDYCC, a youth correctional center where we go once a month and minister to their needs. Being in youth ministry for a while now has opened my eyes to see the world how a child sees it: mystical and glorious, something to truly behold.
One of my favorite things in the entire world is the sunset, particularly here on the hill at UMary. Every time I glance at a sunset, I know God knows me and loves me beyond a shadow of a doubt. I feel so small, and yet I feel so deeply loved. Beauty is something that keeps me astounded at how great our Lord really is.
My family is also extremely important to me. My mom is the most influential person in my life, and she is one of my best friends. Being the oldest of 5 is different as an adult, especially when 3 of my siblings are not adults yet, but I'm learning new and creative ways to love them. My dad is a hard-worker and reminds me to do everything to my full potential for the glory of God.
I love Les Miserables, but still haven't seen Lord of the Rings, or Star Wars, or most Disney movies.. Sorry, I was mostly a book reader growing up. But I'm reading Harry Potter, and that has to count for something, doesn't it? I love food, cooking it, eating it, making it beautiful. I love my friends deeply, and I know the Lord has delightful things in store for me.