Academics: I was born and raised in Maryland, USA, graduated from Richard Montgomery High School, moved to Salt Lake City, UT to attend the University of Utah. I am currently double majoring in Arabic and International Studies (emphasis in Foreign Policy and Security), and double minoring in French and Psychology (emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience and Social Psychology).
Work History: I was a receptionist at Vector Marketing, where I learned the art of connecting to people over the phone and offer them job opportunities. I am currently an intern with the Salt Lake City Mayor's Office in the Special Events and Permitting office, where I observe departments coming together (or not) to make events happen, and bring the community together.
The Rest Of My Life: I'm a competitive climber, and I am beginning to explore the world of climbing outside the gym. I'm a traveler; my parents gave me gypsy blood and I get "ants in my pants" when I'm in one place for too long, because there's so much of the world to be seen and so many stories to be heard. I'm a hockey player; I played on a boys' varsity team and a girls' travel team in high school. I used to be a competitive equestrian; I bought and paid for my own horse, a Thoroughbred named Nemo (he wasn't nearly as brave as the fish) and trained him for two years. I'm not competitive with other people, so much as with myself.
I'm passionate about
Traveling, understanding, climbing, languages, people, neuroscience, writing, food, hockey, and horses.
People don't know I'm good at
Dancing. I was a ballet dancer for 13 years, and I absolutely love the ballet (and dance in general).
My TED story
I discovered TED through a guest speaker, a cognitive neurologist that touched on the concept of the Phantom Limb, and how Vilayanur Ramachandran solved the problem of phantom limb pain, something that would drive people to depression, or even suicide, for just $3. I was astounded, and visited TED immediately after class.
Needless to say, I was hooked, inspired, and positively giddy.