Other interests: Springboard diving, reading, & embroidering
What’s your relationship like with your ZF Coach? I'd compare Tim and Laura to the favorite high school teacher trope. They're always there to answer questions about ZF or life in general, offer encouragement or praise when things are going my way, and help me see the lesson in failure when things don't. Tim and Laura have been an invaluable guide to my family and I as we navigate college. I couldn't imagine doing it without them!
How did you choose your major? I've wanted to be a marine biologist for as long as I can remember. Growing up watching countless hours of Jeff Corwin and Steve Irwin and snorkeling with my Dad cemented a deep love and curiosity for the ocean.
Tell us something you’re excited about! I'm super excited to be volunteering again at my local Save the Bay aquarium. We opened our doors to the public again for the first time since COVID shut it down. Education is so important in ensuring that the public has love, empathy and respect for our oceans. Speaking to the public and teaching them about or helping them interact with our creatures is the most rewarding experience because I get to use my passion for the ocean and ocean conservation to inspire curiosity and love for our oceans in others.
What impact has Zenie Foundation had on your academic and professional career thus far? The biggest impact ZF has had is on my financial decisions. Advice from my mentors and completing the online budgets helps inform my decisions so I'll be set up for financial success post graduation.
Who is a role model for you? One of my role models is Dr. Sylvia Earle who was one of the first prominent women in marine biology. Her extensive career has been focused not only on research but also in conservation and outreach in an attempt to help protect our oceans. I strive to be able to explore and inspire as Sylvia Earle has done her whole life.
What hobbies/extracurriculars do you have? One of my hobbies is springboard diving and I'm actually a member of the URI Swim and Dive team. I love diving because it pushes the limits of what you think you're capable of and teaches you how to handle your own fear. In my free time you can probably find me reading a good fantasy or sci-fi book or embroidering - a new skill I like to call my COVID passion project.
Tell us about some of your career aspirations. I aspire to have a career in conservation research. In the future, I see myself incorporating education and outreach, with conservation research. I have always loved sharks and rays and would like to ask questions about how our actions as humans affect shark populations and how sharks’ roles in the ecosystem affect humans. I believe that we cannot thrive as a species if our oceans cannot survive and sharks are an integral part of ocean health.