My road in life took a while to figure out.
I was born and raised in México, then my family moved to the US unexpectedly when I was 15.
I had to teach myself English and learn a new culture.
I was the first one in my family to go to - and graduate college. I worked three jobs to pay for it.
I earned an MBA while working a full-time job.
I got a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health and worked for three years.
Then it was time to learn more. I went back to school to earn a Doctoral degree.
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Doctoral Student

I ask questions to understand how organizations work.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Problem Solving

Day to Day

A mentor once told me "I know what I think when I read what I write." I spend most of my mornings writing about my questions and their answers. After writing, I meet with my mentors and peers to improve my ideas. I love having discussions that help me better understand the things that have been studied before so I can focus on studying the things that have not. I also take time to meet with my former students and mentees to help them in their journeys.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

As a social scientist, you must be a great communicator! You have to be able to talk about what you learn with everyone. This requires you to be a writer and a presenter. Writing is a skill that takes many years to develop. And academic writing has a style of its own - so practice! And if you are dyslexic like me, don't let writing deter you from following your passion!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you like to ask "why" certain things happen and then find out, talk to your professors. Ask them about how they spend their time and about research. Volunteer to help them with their projects to really understand how academia works. If possible, ask them to help you learn to create your own project. Look for organizations in your school that support Undergraduate research. For example, I was a McNair Scholar and it was instrumental in helping me learn about research.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You are never going to make it to college with those test scores."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation Immigrant
Learning Issues