I am from Port Isabel, Texas, a small town on the southern Gulf Coast. There, I was heavily involved with my church and community alongside others who enjoyed giving back. This environment inspired my life’s motto: find the need, fill the need. At my high school, I recognized that our trash cans overflowed with plastic bottles and students drank unhealthy beverages. I lead the installation of purified water bottle filling stations, thus creating a healthier school environment and eliminating plastic waste. Additionally, aware of disparities in my community, I founded my school’s first service-oriented organization, the Rotary Interact Club. These experiences have strengthened my resolve to continually search for ways to improve my surroundings. At The University of Texas, I plan to pursue a major in biology in the Health Science Scholars Honors Program. I hope to complement this with a public health minor. It is my ultimate goal to return to my medically-underserved region of South Texas to practice medicine. Through initiative and passion, I hope to utilize my background, my education, and my intrinsic desire to improve the world and always seek to find the need and fill the need.
Other Academic Interests:
Public Health and Health Policy
What drew you to the Forty Acres Scholars Program?
In addition to a top-notch university education, global opportunities, and alumni engagement, the strong community is what drew me most to the Forty Acres Scholars Program. Coming from a tight-knit family and hometown, it was important for me to carry that same sense of community in college. The Forty Acres Scholars Program provides that and more. By surrounding myself with like-minded scholars who support each others’ ambitions, I feel both inspired and encouraged to succeed at the college-level. Beyond that, scholars are extremely diverse in their backgrounds and aspirations; I knew that would be invaluable to my education and growth. I am humbled to be a part of this group.