I grew up in New York City (Manhattan!), and despite being a die-hard city girl (walkable communities, am I right?) I'm a huge nature lover and left New York to go to college in Maine. I graduated from Bowdoin College with a degree in Education and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies with an English minor. My academic interests centered largely around intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in youth media– my love for the show Glee turned into an honors thesis on representations of queer Latinidad and Blackness in teen TV (go figure!). Outside of class, I spent my time at college advocating for queer and inclusive sex ed, DJing my own radio show, taking advantage of the 24-hour craft center, and enjoying the lobster rolls and coastal views Maine is known for. Post graduation, I’m getting certified to teach middle and high school English, learning to bartend, and writing/illustrating my own children’s picture book about Mexican-American borderlands.
- I love keeping fish as pets! I have two betta fish named Chalupa and Keanu, and I could spend all day watching them swim around
- I have dual citizenship– U.S. and Brazil
- I am a big fan of sending handwritten letters and postcards. It’s my favorite way to mark a special occasion or keep in touch with friends who don’t live nearby
If I were a dean of admissions this is an essay prompt that I'd want students to answer: If you could pick a fictional television cast to join, which would it be? How would you fit into the story?
What do you spend too much time doing? Visiting zoos and aquariums. I love animals more than anything in the world, and I am always interested in conservation and rehabilitation efforts done by wildlife centers.
What are three skills you’ve learned in the past year that you really should’ve known already? Pump gas– growing up in New York City, I didn’t learn to drive until I was 17 and only started driving regularly at 22!
Keep plants alive– harder than it looks!
Make a perfect cappuccino– I haven’t nailed the foam art yet, though.