I am a May 2010 graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees from the McCombs School of Business (Marketing) and from the College of Liberal Arts (Spanish - Language Teaching). This past summer, I completed a 70-day bike ride with Texas 4000 from Austin, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska and raised over $6,000 to go towards cancer research. This has taught me the importance of dedication and how nothing is impossible with determination and courage.
My teaching experience includes being a peer mentor for chemistry, in which I learned how various students learn through different methods. Previously, I worked in the UT Freshman Admissions Office with prospective students. Two summers ago, I interned in Cordoba, Argentina in a home for children with disabilities (Fundacion Causana) and have gained a greater understanding of the importance of meeting the needs of various children. I was the co-founder of the UT Chapter of Nourish International, in which we raise money through ventures to go towards summer international development projects which our students actually implement. One year ago, I was able to help start our first project in El Jicaro, Guatemala. My experiences abroad have helped increase my cultural understanding and knowledge of the Spanish language. I also volunteered as a tax preparer through Foundation Communities.
I have received University Honors, and was the 2010 Edward S. Guleke Recipient. In addition, in Spring 2010 I was accepted into the Friar Society. I owe this all to God, family, and friends that have been a constant source of strength, motivation, and support – which I hope to pay forward throughout my life.
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