I am a fifth year student at San Jose State University, seeking a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Relations with an academic emphasis on Global Studies. Most recently, I completed a study abroad program in Guatemala where I learned about the cultural differences and struggles of those who live in a third world country.  My fluent Spanish speaking skills, developed in an elementary school Spanish immersion program, were a significant ability to help me to understand the nuances of this unique and beautiful place.

My interest in Global Issues began in High School where I was Vice President of Napa High School’s Invisible Children chapter.  This organization strives to protect communities in central Africa and lay the foundation for lasting peace in the post-conflict region through innovative programs.  In my junior year, I was selected to represent my fellow students at The Fourth Estate, Invisible Children’s educational conference on global justice.  Participation in the organization taught me about leadership, communication, time management, organization, and teamwork.

Also during my high school years, I experienced the aftermath and devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans as a volunteer for the recovery efforts with my church.  This was a pivotal experience in my young life, as I was inspired by the resilience of the human spirit.

Additionally, I have direct work experience in the field of Public Relations from my current position with Live105, a Bay Area Radio Station. Working in the Promotions Department part time for the past two years has taught me responsibility and business acumen.

On my off time, I enjoy riding my bike, hiking throughout the Bay Area and taking in as much as I can while I’m still young and full of energy!