I am currently in my junior year here at NMSU (so – nearly three years) and was born and raised here in Las Cruces. I am currently pursuing my B.S. in Genetics & Biotechnology. I love hiking, eating, reading, playing piano, and working in the lab! I am a member of Rotaract, Quiz Bowl, Voice Against Cancer, and Aggies for Feminism. My favorite books are Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson. If I could be anywhere in the world, it would be Taiwan, because it’s tropical, the food is delicious, and most of my family is there! My favorite quote is “The seeker after the truth is not one who studies the writings of the ancients and, following his natural disposition, puts his trust in them, but rather the one who suspects his faith in them and questions what he gathers from them, the one who submits to argument and demonstration, and not to the sayings of a human being whose nature is fraught with all kinds of imperfection and deficiency. Thus the duty of the man who investigates the writings of scientists, if learning the truth is his goal, is to make himself an enemy of all that he reads, and, applying his mind to the core and margins of its content, attack it from every side. He should also suspect himself as he performs his critical examination of it, so that he may avoid falling into either prejudice or leniency” by Ibn al-Haytham.
My favorite things about the Honors College are the sense of community, the resources, the invigorating courses, the people, the scholarships, the guest speakers – pretty much everything. I would tell students preparing for their future to judge nothing and try everything. Respect and try to remember everyone that you meet because you never know what their role in your future will be (they could become your coworker, boss, job interviewer, or even the one link you need to get your dream job). Being a part of the honors program is incredible because of the benefits and resources the college provides! I’ve loved all the honors courses I’ve taken so far because of their discussion-based curricula that really engage the class (which, in my humble opinion, teaches us far more than any textbook ever could). The honors program also has many resources – taking advantage of these resources early in college career can really take someone far in your career goals! There are some amazing faculty and staff, and they all really want to help us succeed. Also, being part of the honors program really strengthens one’s resume and educational background.
I am also an applicant for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. I applied for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship because I wanted to gain experience applying for national scholarships, especially since this experience will help me in the future (graduate school applications, future grants, other scholarships, etc.). This scholarship also catered to what I want to do in the future. Because I have been working in a biology lab for almost two years now, I figured – why not apply? There was nothing for me to lose. I brought up this idea to my mentor, Dr. Unguez, and she was very supportive of my suggestion. One of my peers who previously received the Goldwater Scholarship also encouraged me to apply and helped me kick start my application. All of these things drove me to apply for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, and it has been a roller coaster ride since then.