I was born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and lived there until heading off to college at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. I studied abroad my senior year of college and upon returning to Minnesota I decided that the I needed a change of pace. I had become used to a new surprise every day while being abroad. My good friend, Mandy, was applying to graduate schools in Boston, DC, and NYC. I asked her if she minded having a roommate wherever she ended up, and NYU was what she chose.