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A bit about me:
I was born and raised in Fairbanks and usually spend the summers in the bay area with the other side of the family. I'm a first generation college student majoring in biology and Spanish and aspire to one day be a medical physician. I love to travel, eat out with friends and family, try new things, and always seem find a way spread myself out taking on more than I should.
Why did you choose to attend UAF?
I wanted to stay near family, and UAF offered what I needed and was more affordable than most schools, especially being a resident.
What do you like best about UAF?
The diverse research opportunities that are available for undergraduates allows students to gain experience in their field of interest and sets them a part in the job market for their career.
What do you like to do in your spare time? What extracurricular activities are you a part of?
I'm involed with Circle K, a collegiate Kiwanis club that rases money and awareness for charitable organizations in the community. The main focus has been raising money for March of Dimes lately. I also do research in a nueroscience lab on campus that investigates respiratory mechanisms that may be responsible for SIDS. I like to run, do yoga and experiment in the kitchen, I say experiement because I can't really cook, but every so often I like to pretend like I do.
What is one piece of advice you would give to a prospective student interested in UAF?
Think about what your interests are academically and personally and see what UAF has to offer for that.
What "field work" have you done at UAF that will help you find work in your major?
I've done research in a lab on campus and have job shadowed people in the medical field.
What do you hope to do after you graduate?
Hopefully after I graduate, I'll be admitted to a medical school or do a bit of traveling to Latin America and improve my Spanish. The Pipe Dream: Be a bilingual physician and practice medicine in under-represented/rural communities.
If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be?
I can see myself living in San Francisco, I like it's quirky elegance. Most places just can't pull that off.