I am senior at the University of Utah majoring in Environmental Studies. When I am not in school, I love to rock climb, ski, camp, longboard, you name it: if it’s outside, I like doing it. Skiing is my preferred activity during the winter and spring months, and I have been doing it since I first learned to walk. I started rock climbing about a year ago, indoors and outdoors, and you could say it is my constant obsession. It’s a great way to spend time and get some exercise while you’re at it. Like any other student, I like to hang out with friends, chill, and play some video games from time to time, but my real passions are language, music, and travel. I have traveled all over the world with family and friends thanks to my mother and I speak Spanish thanks to my father who has spoken only Spanish to me since I was born. I have played the Saxophone since fifth grade and I would consider it to be one of the most powerful influences in my life because it fostered a true universal love for music, all genres in all periods of time.
In my senior year of high school I completed one hundred hours of service for the Presidential Service Award of America. In my college life I have continued my involvement in community service. In the last several years I have volunteered with many non-profit organizations such as the Neighborhood House, The
Salvation Army as well as getting involved more and more with student government, ASUU. In the spring semester of 2011 I was hired as ASUU’s Speakers Vice-Chair and have really enjoyed helping plan and organize all of the events we have done, including bringing speakers such as Aron Ralston to speak in the student union. In the fall of 2011 I began my most rewarding nonprofit work in the form of an internship through The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
I continue to look for opportunities to get involved in the local sustainability community here in Salt Lake City, as well as the national community.