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I am a graduate student at the Michigan State University School of Packaging pursuing a PhD in Packaging. I grew up in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range in Auburn California. In high school, I took multiple art and design courses and an  introduction to psychology course that peaked my interested in how people perceive the world around them. 

After I graduated from Placer High School, I  then completed my bachelor's degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Consumer Packaging Solutions and minors in both Psychology and Packaging at California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo in 2015. I became involved with the Orfalea College of Business as a peer mentor and developed a passion for helping other's achieve success. I also joined Kappa Alpha Theta, and continue to strive towards our ideal of being  "Leading Women" in all arenas of our lives. At Cal Poly I was blessed with encouraging Professors that believed in my academic capabilities and encouraged me to pursue graduate school.  

I moved to East Lansing Michigan and started graduate school at Michigan State University in Fall of 2015. I completed my Master's of Science in Packaging in April of 2017. In graduate school, I have developed a passion for research and a love of teaching. My research interests are primarily the effect of packaging on human behavior. Currently, I am working on projects that explore packaging's influence on how consumers select and consume over the counter drugs. Previous work has explored packaging's influence on sunscreen application. 

Outside of academia I am interested in art, pop culture, politics, travel, cooking, and exploring the outdoors through hiking and running. I pursue these interests mainly by being an active listener to podcasts, trying new recipes weekly, and planning trips that enable me to visit new art museums and galleries or explore the outdoors.