I grew up as a Navy brat. We moved all over the United States. I graduated high school in Pensacola, Florida. After my parents got out of the service we moved back to Illinois. I attended Parkland College for two years and then transferred to Blackburn College where I pursued the History Secondary Education major. My wife—who is also a Blackburn Alum—and I were married in 2000 and have 2 great kids.
IL Counties—Bond, Calhoun, Cass, Christian, Greene, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Menard, Montgomery, Morgan, Sangamon, and Scott
WHY I CHOSE TO WORK AT BLACKBURN
For me it was a no brainer. I had such fond memories of my time here as a student, that it would be an excellent opportunity to pass that along to future generations of Blackburn Alums. My major at Blackburn was in Secondary Education Social Science, so being able to work with high school age students on their post secondary aspirations was a natural fit.
For me, the answer to this question involves life as a whole. Life will have its ups and downs. When I was at Blackburn I had mostly a great experience but like every college, there will be times of stress whether it is finals or a busy week of papers. I found that here at Blackburn I was surrounded by people that would help pick you up when you fell rather than one of those places where nobody cares whether you sink.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN CHOOSING A COLLEGE
What I looked for was extra-curricular activities such as sports and clubs. But this goes to fit. What are you looking for to make your whole college experience one to remember? I liked being involved in many things and at a small school I could affect many areas across campus versus just within your small group of friends.
MY HOBBIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE
I am an avid fan of all Boston sports teams as well as Liverpool FC and Rangers FC. I love to read and cook. My favorite books include “On the Road”, “Fight Club”, “Trainspotting” and “Glue.” If I am not watching a ballgame or reading, I am usually listening to music and more often than not, it will be Dropkick Murphy’s or Flogging Molly.