My name is Ben and I am a sophomore majoring in Finance. I grew up in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, a small town outside of the Twin Cities. I was raised as a Lutheran and volunteered at my church summer camp several times as a counselor and had the opportunity to discuss faith with my campers. During my freshman year at UW-Madison my understanding of Christianity grew significantly through my involvement with a Christian group on campus. However, I also realized how little I knew about other religious groups. I am eager to learn more about different religions and to improve my ability to participate in interreligious dialogue. Expanding religious knowledge removes communication barriers that may have previously existed, and I hope to connect with a diverse religious community this year.