Hometown: Whitefish, Montana
School: Pepperdine University
Major: 1) Economics and 2) International Politics
Post-Grad Plans: Attending the Pepperdine School of Public Policy starting Fall 2020
Career Aspiration: To move to Washington, DC; attend law school; have a career that combines foreign policy, multilingualism, and economic analysis
How do you define success?
I define success in a very holistic sense—without the most important things in life (faith, family, and friends), monetary success means very little.
What are your goals/dreams and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years, I hope to have finished school (2 years in Public Policy and 3 years in Law School)—at that time, I hope to live in Washington, DC or somewhere abroad
What motivates you?
When it comes to my academics and professional life, I’m usually quite intrinsically motivated to do my best. I’ve always felt it was important to take pride in my work. But, now that I’m married and independent from my parents, I’m quite motivated to provide for myself and my wife.
What is something that you do (a habit or daily practice) that you believe helps you achieve your goals or be productive?
There are several things that I do every day—learn new languages (on Duolingo), go on a walk, read the news, and read the Bible—it always makes me feel grounded and ready to take on the day.
Who is your inspiration and why?
I’m inspired by anybody who consistently acts on their fundamental values—for example, I’m drawn to people who stand up and do the right thing, even when it’s unpopular or difficult.
Life motto or favorite quote?
“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15
Anything else you want to share? Perhaps a project you’re currently working on or something valuable that you learned from an experience?
Some other advice: read often, both important books as well as news. Try to read a broad spectrum of news sources, even ones you disagree with, because it will allow you to get inside the minds of those who disagree with you and our society will be able to engage in more productive civil discourse.