Hometown: Elizabeth, New Jersey
Major(s)/Concentration(s): Sociology and biochemistry double major
Off-Campus Study: India, South Africa, and Jordan through the SIT IHP Health and Community program — spring 2022.
Extracurriculars: I currently serve as the president of our 2021–22 Grinnell QuestBridge Scholars Network, the primary leader for the Grinnell College Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter, a team member for the Hope in the Darkest Days faith-based magazine, a singer for the Young, Black, and Gifted (YGB) Gospel Choir, and a student representative for the Sociology Student Educational Policy Committee (SEPC)! My roles on campus bring me life since they let me give back to the communities that help me mold and navigate my undergraduate experience while honoring my identities.
Why I love Grinnell: Grinnell College is where I’ve met some of the most inspiring, impactful, and intentional people who aim to create environments that are inclusive of lived experiences and contribute to collective learning. I had my fair share of challenges as a first-generation, low-income Latina that made it unbelievably difficult to acclimate to the rural and relatively less diverse Grinnell community (compared to my home city), but the students, staff, and faculty at Grinnell facilitated my coming to the realization that it was worth staying and pushing my limits to embody the change I wished to see. Every semester, I have been able to expand and take advantage of my possibilities for career and personal development using the resources available to me. At Grinnell College, I feel supported by the words and actions of my peers to lead a fulfilling and socially responsible life that I share and celebrate with people of diverse identities. If you have any questions about Grinnell College or my experience here, feel free to email me!