A: I think the first thing I can say about myself is that I love to learn as much as possible. I grew up in a small town called Lititz in Pennsylvania. Just recently, I graduated from college with a major in mathematics and a minor in psychology. Both fields offer puzzles for me to really sink my teeth into, but in very different ways. I like to figure things out and truly understand what the implications of a problem deliver. As you get to know me, you’ll discover my passion for teaching as well. I love to effectively communicate with people, because I feel a good teacher sparks the desire to learn more, and I want to give that to others.
Q: How did you find the Himalayan Institute?
A: My dad discovered the Institute when I was in late elementary school. He would travel to visit the campus frequently, and it wasn’t long before he started taking me and my two siblings along for the journey. He always talked highly of this place, and still gets very excited to come back. I’ve been coming throughout the years, and my experiences with the Himalayan Institute have only gotten better. The 2011 trip to Cameroon engendered a powerful pull to the Institute for me, and I knew it would always be a place I could go.
The Himalayan Institute is a place of discovery ... it invites you to stay, look around for a while, and move on with a new experience.
Q: What inspired you to join the community?
A: I always had a hard time thinking of what I wanted to do in the future. Since I like to learn as much as I can, it felt stale to think of what I would be doing “five years from now.” I was excited to move on from high school to college, but to continue to graduate school seemed only to delay what the future had in store for me. I was ready to move on and fulfill my life elsewhere.
Q: What have you learned during your time here?
A: There’s a well of knowledge that can be hauled and drunk for a greater purpose. Learning about the world within makes the world without so much more endearing. There’s something to be said about the people who perform their actions with the right heart, attitude, and collectivity. It’s the sharing of stories and experiences that cultivate a community, and it’s much more fulfilling when there’s a scent of excitement in the air. I’ve found the spark within myself to further learn and share knowledge with others, which is something I felt I was losing over the past few years.
Q: If there was one thing you could share about the Himalayan Institute, what would it be?
A: The Himalayan Institute really is a place of discovery. There’s not much you can do to avoid that here. I’ve found myself just digging out certain qualities of life, and not even as a purposeful expedition. The whole landscape of this place allows for the progression of an internal fulfillment, but it doesn’t force anything upon you. It invites you to stay, look around for a while, and move on with a new experience. And that lifestyle for the individual journey is supported by the entire community. There’s just a flow of consciousness that naturally breeds insight here.