Hometown: Dexter, MI
College: Michigan State University
Major: Marketing, International Business, German
Sorority: Alpha Chi Omega
Instagram: @thegermangenius (lol long story)
Tell us about yourself!
I am a health and fitness enthusiast with a sweet tooth (I’m not known to turn down ice cream). I turn to running, yoga, and resistance training as stress relievers as I prepare to tackle my everyday life.
What does “Strong” mean to you and what makes you a Strong Girl?
Strong is a state of not only mental and physical toughness, but acceptance and understanding of your weaknesses, and embracing yourself as a whole.
What excites you about being a Strong Girl Campus Ambassador?
As a campus ambassador I will have the ability to open up the broad realm of fitness to a vast community, and help expand the idea of a healthy lifestyle.
What is your favorite thing about The Strong Movement™?
My favorite thing about the Strong Movement is the positive presence it creates online. The Strong Movement is truly dedicated to empowerment of the mind and body.
How do you envision The Strong Movement™ growing on your campus as a community of motivated, encouraging and supportive group of girls?
The main gym on MSU’s campus is known to be dominated by hulky males. Walking towards the weight section is like a maze of muscle tanks. As a Strong Movement Ambassador I hope to expand girls’ overall perception of fitness and what it means to be a strong girl both mentally and physically; to build a comfortable environment so more girls will feel confident enough to venture over and lift with the big boys.
When did you discover fitness & healthy living and decide to make it part of your lifestyle?
I ran track in High School which started my passion for fitness, however it wasn’t until I started college when I really began learning about the science behind fitness that I fell in love with the lifestyle.
How has exercise and healthy living increased your confidence and self-esteem?
Not only does maintaining a healthy lifestyle have physical benefits but mental as well. I, personally, feel a million times more energetic and just overall happier after a workout.
What challenges and/or injuries have you had to overcome on your fit journey?
Like most college students I struggle to prioritize gym time with classes, work and my attempts to maintain a social life, oh yeah and a few minutes of beauty sleep. I’ve also struggled with shin splints and stress fractures along my shin bones which has made me become more patient and perceiver through my fitness goals.
What keeps you motivated when the going gets tough?
Thinking about how far I’ve come and my constant desire to see how far I can push myself to go even further tomorrow.
What do you love about your body?
I love my legs! I like how they look but also as a runner I feel confident in their ability to take me as far as I need to go.
What do you wake up looking forward to and excited about everyday?
Waffles (when I can get my hands on them) and coffee, but food aside I look forward to spending time with my friends and others who bring me up, make me laugh, and enjoy life.
Do you have any daily rituals?
I always, always, always need to eat breakfast and can’t function without my cup of joe.