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I am a firm believer that one’s college experience should be driven by wonder and curiosity. Discovery for me involved instances of pivoting in my academic career, then materialized into new professional pursuits inside the classroom and beyond. 

One of the most significant moments of discovery that I credit almost ALL of my fascination with biological studies to was my registration mishap during my first winter quarter at the university. After failing to secure a spot in a class I was DESPERATE to land for a possible design major, I was forced to choose a different course as a consolation prize to keep myself above full-time enrollment. 

It was at this pivot that I discovered my love of natural history through a class offered at the Burke. I spent my winter mornings exploring the new collections, playing “researcher” or “collections assistant” across different spaces, and falling in love with the building and science itself. This class introduced me to a new realm of biological sciences that I did not consider seriously until then and eventually led me to join the Rico-Guevara lab by the start of my sophomore year. 


Since then, I’ve pivoted my degree options to encompass both the Marine and General Ecology, Conservation, and Evolution Biology majors and have worked on natural history education projects with Burke ever since. From board game development and testing to UV spectra hummingbird wing photos, this discovery of mine has been incredibly important to my overall involvement in new fields at UW.


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