I grew up in rural Jefferson County, NY, one of the snowiest parts of the U.S., and attended the same small public school as both my parents.

In 2010, I graduated from Syracuse University with a triple major in Television, Radio & Film; Political Science; and Psychology. I then spent a year working in various research and communications capacities for the New York State Assembly and then two and a half years working as an intellectual property paralegal for the company that makes the tree-shaped paper air fresheners sold world-wide. Immediately before coming to Duke, I completed a one-year Master of Accounting degree at University of North Carolina’s (UNC) Kenan-Flagler Business School and passed the Uniform CPA Exam.

I came to Duke because I wanted to complete my JD/MBA at a school where each of the two programs was top-ranked, that has strong alumni ties in the New York City market, great teachers, practical course work, and a collaborative rather than competitive culture. I also fell in love with North Carolina’s Research Triangle area when I attended UNC and was excited to extend my stay by four years before moving back to New York.