How are you connected to the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion?
I have been very involved with programs that fall within the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, such as the Office of Hispanic Initiatives (OHI)’s Goizueta Fellowship program and OMED.
What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech?
To succeed academically at Georgia Tech, it is very important to form a support group of students and/or friends that you can talk to about courses and study with. It is also imperative to establish a positive rapport with professors. Not only will you gain more comfort in asking for help when needed, you will be able to ask these professors for recommendations for your future endeavors. Having them able to speak knowledgeably about your skills and strengths will get you one step closer to your goals. Lastly, take part in internships with a company or work with professors whose research you are interested in. This can help you determine what you want to do after you graduate as well as boost your resume when you go out to find a job.
What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech?
To acclimate socially, it is important to speak to those around you and network. Not only will you potentially gain friends, but you may also gain connections to potential opportunities that may lead to internships or jobs in the future. Being able to introduce yourself to classmates will lead to an easier transition where you will have others that you can relate to. Also, joining student organizations is a great way to meet others with similar interests to you. I joined the Georgia Tech Salsa Club, which helped me make friends outside of the classroom and become a better dancer while having fun and burning calories at the same time. Finding others that can enjoy the same fun activities as you will definitely make for a smooth transition.
Where have you worked while at Georgia Tech, and what did you enjoy about that experience?
My job at Georgia Tech is to be a great graduate student. As a Ph.D. student in chemical engineering, the department and advisors pay for students to pursue their degree and conduct research all while earning a salary. What I have enjoyed about research is being able to develop solutions to scientific problems by starting from scratch where there is no right answer available. Using critical thinking and hands-on experimentation has been the most fulfilling aspects about this experience.
What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience?
One of my favorite Georgia Tech experiences has been participating in the Transitions program during orientation when I first started graduate school. This program allowed for me to learn more about Georgia Tech and interact with other minorities like myself. I was also lucky enough to meet my boyfriend now of five years who has been by my side throughout my journey to earn a Ph.D. from Georgia Tech.
What are you involved with on campus, and why?
I have been involved with many student organizations, including Hispanic, academic, and dancing organizations. I have participated in Latino Organization of Graduate Students (LOGRAS), Association of Chemical Engineering Graduate Students (AChEGS), and the Georgia Tech Salsa Club. Additionally, I had the honor of being a Goizueta Fellow, which has allowed for me to be a part of many outreach activities.
I joined all of these organizations to be more involved in my department and the community as well as meet others with similar interests to myself. I specifically joined Georgia Tech Salsa Club because I love to dance salsa. As a part of this club, I even had the chance to teach multiple semesters of casino-style salsa, as well as dance and compete for the Georgia Tech Salsa Club dance team.
What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?
Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to study abroad, but I would love the opportunity if it would present itself.