I grew up in Portland, Oregon, where I was very active in the local theatre community. My time in theatre inspired me to study Psychology at Stanford University, where I could explore the same questions about the human experience that I explored in theatre. At Stanford, I conducted research on how metaphorical language covertly influences our thoughts. At Cambridge, I will pursue a PhD in Psychology, where I plan to build on my past research to explore how our language and the way we frame information influences the way we think about political and social issues. The ultimate aim of this research is to help people communicate more effectively and persuasively and to attempt to have better dialogue about divisive issues. In addition to my research, I am interested in exploring the same psychological questions raised in my research through playwriting, fiction, and nonfiction writing. After studying at Cambridge, I plan to become a Psychology Professor and a public communicator of psychology who uses my work in writing and art to make knowledge of Psychology more accessible to the general public.