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How/Why Research?: I was always fascinated by the idea of a college student doing real-life research, but I was not particularly drawn to the science lab setting. Doing research within the humanities has taught me skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and concise writing. I have great flexibility to explore topics I choose, and I love when the research findings align with curriculum from my classes.

Research Experience: My main research experience is a two year project studying attitudes towards reproductive health and sexual education in Antigua, Guatemala. I ended up creating this project with a friend during our sophomore year after traveling to Antigua and working with a nonprofit called De Casas a Hogares (“From Houses to Homes”), which provides sustainable housing, healthcare, and education to local families. We received IRB approval, SURF funding, and a faculty mentor within the Romance Studies department.

I also am working on a smaller project on the side, also within Romance Studies, on the role of language in Trifonia Melibea Obono’s book, La Bastarda. The project came about from a final project for my SPAN 301 class and focuses on how the language can both oppress and liberate the LGBTQ+ community.

Student Organizations/Clubs: From Houses to Homes-UNC, AED Pre-Health Fraternity, Club Softball, Partners in Health.

Random Fun Fact: I ride my bike every day!