Alaina graduated from the University of South Dakota with a B.A. in English and a teaching certificate. Moving to La Crosse was her first time living outside of the cozy plains of South Dakota, and hiking the bluffs there is really challenging her to lose her fear of heights. She loves reading, writing, and going to concerts (and advises finding The Oh Hellos' nearest show, ASAP). Listening to people's stories is one of her favorite things; it is there that she most easily sees God.