I am a fifth year Applied Physics PhD student studying ultracold atomic physics in the lab of Dr. Tom Killian. I have been involved with the GSA since my first year of graduate school. Working with the GSA has allowed me to develop a broad array of skills including large-event planning, professional networking, career planning, volunteer coordination, personal organization, communication, decision making, and negotiation. It is also a rewarding way to accomplish meaningful changes on a time scale shorter than research. In my current role is focused on serving the professional needs of graduate students, which are often overlooked in the rush to produce academic results. Outside research I enjoy photography, running, building model airplanes, hiking, and reading.