Hey there, Delilah...
I am a 23 (almost 24 year old) Puerto Rican born in Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!), but have been living in the state of Florida since the age of 8 and have grown highly accustomed to the warm weather here. I lived with my family, my parents and my brother and sister who will be turning 17 this month (twins), just until 4 months ago when I finally made the decision to become independent and move out on my own. As a high school student I attended Hillsborough High School where I obtained my International Baccalaureate Diploma (2007) and then attended the University of South Florida where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Public Health (2011).
Since graduating, I took a bit of a hiatus as a tried to figure out exactly what I was born to do in this world. I worked as a retail associate and then part-time manager at Abercrombie & Fitch and The Limited at the Citrus Park mall in Tampa, and now currently work as a teller for Regions Bank. Working in the “real world” made me realize how desperately I wanted to work in a field that I genuinely enjoyed and how the only way to accomplish that would be to go back to school. Though I obtained my degree in Biology, I knew that the path of researcher or medical provider was not the path for me, yet I still needed to follow a path that would allow me to express my love for all things science.
After some serious soul searching, I finally decided that teaching was the path for me to follow. Teaching was the answer that would allow me to combine my yearning desire to counsel young adolescents as they attempt to make their way in the world with the passion I have for introducing others to the numerous interesting as well as important topics that science has to offer. It was only after talking to the MAT counselor Dienna Rieke that I was informed about the amazing opportunity that the Noyce STEM scholar program presented. I am beyond excited about all that I will be learning in this program and still can’t wrap my head around the fact that this time next year, I will be the one standing in front of a room full of wide eyed students, sharing the same passion that was passed on to me by my teachers. I CANNOT WAIT! J