What made you choose your major?
I have always loved weather, but it was not until the passing of Hurricane Maria through Puerto Rico in 2017 that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Meteorology. I aspire to work on better understanding extreme weather events and the impacts they have on society, especially the impacts on vulnerable communities.
What student organizations and activities are you involved in?
I am part of the Campus Weather Service, PSUBAMS and the Puerto Rican Student Association. I have the honor to be part of the Penn State Millennium Scholars Program and to be an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Helen Greatrex’s Lab.
Why did you decide to attend Penn State?
Penn State not only gives you a quality education but offers lots of opportunities to take what you learn in the classroom into the real world. The prestige of the Meteorology and Atmospheric Science Program and the world-class faculty in the department, were also part of why I became a Penn State student.
What’s the best part about being an EMS student?
The best part of being an EMS student is the sense of community that exists within the college. Faculty at EMS value the diversity of their students and are committed to making your experience at Penn State as memorable as possible.
What is one piece of advice you would give to prospective students?
A piece of advice to prospective students is to take advantage of all the resources and opportunities available to take your learning outside the classroom. Study abroad experiences, extracurricular organizations, and research are some of the many ways you can acquire skills specific to your interests.
What opportunities has Penn State provided for you so far?
Penn State gave me the opportunity to get involved in undergraduate research, as early as first year. In addition, I was able to do research at another institution as part of the Natiional Science Foundation’s Weather, Climate and Society REU last summer, and presented my research at the American Meteorological Society 101st Annual Meeting.