What would be your advice to prospective students about the college search?
Always listen to your heart and always look at a campus like a new piece of yourself. Can you see yourself learning here? Can you see yourself growing as a person here? Wherever you choose to attend will hopefully become a new and welcoming place that you can call home so I always believe it is important to honor yourself along the admissions process.
Why should students attend Southwestern?
Southwestern is a place of community and exploration. The faculty, staff, and students provide such a great source of support while always encouraging collaborative thinking and individuality. Southwestern creates such a strong family amongst those on and off-campus and it’s an important part of the university and the college experience as a whole.
What are your favorite restaurants in Georgetown and why?
MOD Pizza and Baked Bear. I am gluten and dairy-free so I always love to find places where I can eat things that maybe I haven’t been able to in a while!
What is your favorite thing to do in Georgetown and why?
I always love going to the Georgetown Palace Theatre and seeing the fun performances that they put on every year! I’ve been doing theatre there since I was a kid and whether it was performing on stage, working backstage on crew, or even playing in the pit orchestras, the Palace Theatre was my family and still is to this day. They are a wonderful community and truly put on amazing performances for all audiences!
What are your favorite restaurants in Austin and why?
I am a huge fan of El Pollo Regio in Austin. That is quite literally a place with smell-o-vision. I can’t count the number of times my parents and I used to drive by with our windows down just taking in the smell of the smoked chicken. Plus, nothing can ever beat a bowl of good quality arroz rojo…I’m getting hungry just thinking about it!
What is your favorite thing to do in Austin and why?
My family and I are avid trivia fans so we do pub trivia with our friends in Austin on different days of the week. It gets SUPER competitive but it’s always so much fun and I walk away each time with some piece of knowledge that I didn’t have before.
What is your favorite SU fun fact?
I always like to share with people that one of the former presidents of the university, Dr. Edward Burger, also worked as an instructor through mathematics books used by schools. When I was in high school, we would always watch his videos in math class showing different types of problems. When he joined Southwestern as the new president of the university, it was so cool to me and the entire time he was president, I always saw him as this huge celebrity!
What is your favorite SU tradition?
My favorite tradition has always been the Halloween Trick-or-Treating event that students would have on campus. As a kid, I would go every year and looked forward to seeing the different themes that the residence hall floors would come up with!
What is your favorite place on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is in the F.W. Olin building. There is a hallway on the first floor that has a painting of arctic animals, I think? Honestly, I still haven’t been able to fully figure it out but even when I was a kid, I would gravitate towards that spot and just sit in front of it for hours, finding new bits to focus on. It’s something that has always stuck in my head and I can picture it clear as day.
What are your hobbies?
In my free time, I like to do sudoku and crossword puzzles, write screenplays, practice cello, boxing, and play tennis with my family.
Where were you born, and, if different, what do you consider your hometown?
I was born in Houston but moved to Austin when I was very little. However, I have always considered my hometown to be both Austin and San Antonio since a majority of my family lived there and I’d visit them often.
What would your pirate name be?
Capitán Seventy Cent Per Chance (there’s a story behind that.)
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
I have been playing the cello for the past 12 years. I did a lot of solo and orchestral competitions and even attended a bunch of music festivals like Interlochen, Tanglewood, and Eastern Music Festival. On top of that, I was also lucky enough to play at SXSW when I was in high school as a part of a British indie rock band called MONEY.
If you could have coffee in the Cove with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?
This is such a nerdy musician answer but I would have to say Jacqueline Du Pre. She was such an inspiration to me as a cellist and I can only imagine the number of stories and wisdom she could share.
When not at work, you can find me…
Either playing chamber music with my friends, watching Jeopardy, or in a boxing gym.
If you could choose one superpower, what would it be?
Telekinesis. That way I don’t have to get up to go grab things or can save my phone from falling on the floor for the millionth time.
What advice would you give your college self?
Don’t be afraid to explore other hobbies and interests. You never know what you will find.
What is your anthem?
Toss up between Check the Rhime by A Tribe Called Quest and Baila Esta Cumbia by Seleeeeenaaaaaaaas.
What is your go-to emoji?
What app do you use the most?
Probably Instagram but I am trying so hard to understand TikTok better since all my friends use it.
What is your favorite get-to-know-you question, and what would your answer be?
I always like hearing about people’s favorite celebrity encounters. It tells me a lot about their interests and the interesting situations they might have encountered those people in. For me, my favorite celebrity encounter would have to be when I bumped into Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. I was celebrating my friend’s 21st birthday and when my friends and I got to the restaurant, there were people EVERYWHERE taking photos and screaming. I was pretty confused but then after a few seconds, I realized that Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, and their daughters were standing about two feet away from us. It was really cool and my friends always laugh now about the time we were pushed by their bodyguards.