Major - Behavioral Neuroscience
Hometown - Sonora, CA
“It is impossible for me to pinpoint the one factor that made Western the perfect choice- except that it just felt like home.”
I am a junior majoring in Behavioral Neuroscience. Science has intrigued me since elementary school, and I have always been curious about the world around me and eager to learn. I love that no matter how much we learn, there will always be more to discover. I also love volunteering in my community. I received my first Alumni scholarship as a freshman, and have applied for and recieved it the last two years.
This scholarship will enable me to continue devoting my attention to schoolwork rather than needing to juggle classes with a part time job. As a student majoring in the sciences, every minute I get for studying is invaluable in understanding the material. This scholarship also helps to minimize debt from student loans, which will take me one step closer to affording graduate school. Every cent counts, and I am grateful for this demonstration of faith in my ability to succeed.
My father passed away when I was very young, and growing up in a single-parent household has had a tremendous impact on the person I have become. As hard as it was having only one parent, my mother was one of the strongest, most loving people I know, and I aspire to be as independent and wise as she was. She passed away last summer, and returning to school was an immense struggle that has had a huge impact on who I am. She instilled in me a great strength and a passion for life that pushes me to always follow my dreams, no matter how difficult the path may be. I would not be who I am today if it were not for her, and I consider myself extremely lucky to call her my mom.
Music has been a passion of mine since childhood, and coming to Western also sparked an interest in dancing. I have played the trumpet for nine years, and I learned to play the saxophone for my high school senior project. Listening to and playing music has continued to be a part of my life since coming to college, as I have played in the WWU Symphonic Band for two years. My love of music has naturally extended into dancing as well. I started salsa dancing as a freshman, and this last year I began blues fusion dancing. Going dancing with friends is one of my favorite ways to de-stress after a busy week. I also enjoy reading and drawing in my spare time.