When I was younger I was accustomed to moving from state to state every couple of years; I lived in Nebraska, North Carolina, Nebraska again, and then Colorado before moving to Texas halfway through sixth grade. I love reading, taking photographs with my DSLR Canon, and sketching pictures of random nature scenes or buildings. I want to travel the world and see all of its wonders, as well as help others. My parents and three younger siblings all serve as great motivation, and their support in everything I do has been paramount to my success.
Campus and Community Involvement
I am a proud member of Phi Mu Fraternity, a Greek fraternity founded for women in 1852. I plan on joining the Psychology Club on campus, staying involved with the Honors College, and looking into the many interesting groups on campus to see what is there.
Giving back to the community has always been important to me, and as such, I volunteer at a nursing home in their Alzheimer’s wing, and participate in Big Feast Houston at Thanksgiving every year. This past year I volunteered as a judge for the Mars Rover Celebration, hosted by UH’s AIAA chapter. I have also worked with Phi Mu’s philanthropy, the Children’s Miracle Network. On the side, I occasionally teach swim lessons and lifeguard.
Awards and Honors
My senior year in high school I was awarded for being “Best in AP Psychology” and received the American Psychological Association Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools award for Academic Achievement. I was on the 2012 National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll, a 2012 AP Scholar with Distinction, and a 2011 AP Scholar.
In addition to the Tier One Scholarship I was awarded the Great Conversation Scholarship from the Honors College.
I took three years of Spanish in high school, and plan on continuing my study of the Spanish language. I would like to study abroad in Europe. Since a young age I have been fascinated by the deep history surrounding the European continent; I would love a chance to explore the area for myself.
In the summer of 2012 I assisted graduate student Kate Lynn Bill and Dr. Dina Chelouche Lev, Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, exploring the relationship of p53 and MDM2, and their subsequent roles in liposarcomas. I hope to continue researching throughout my undergraduate career.
My interest in psychology as a possible career path was piqued in my AP Psychology class in high school. I am interested in pursing a Masters and then a Ph.D. in Psychology, Sociology, or Public Health. I am interested in pursuing research, teaching, counseling, government work, or a combination, with said degrees.