Attempting to make sense of my life on paper (or by text) is hard because my experience contains too many contradictions. I grew up in a trailer park, but I had my own computer in third grade. I am a Latina from one of the whitest towns in the United States. I was initially wait-listed at the University of Michigan, but I was also the first logic major to graduate from there. It can be difficult to give a synopsis of how I got to where I am, but when given an opportunity, I make sure not to waste it.
When I was in high school, I was deeply unsatisfied by the education I was getting at my public school. I used that computer I was given to find a job coding at the age of fourteen, which allowed me to fully fund a transfer to a private school for two years. Transferring into a competitive environment gave me an appreciation for the growth that can be achieved when surrounded by motivated individuals. This experience motivated me to inspire and build up those around me. I have been heavily involved in the past four years in various programs helping minorities in many stages of education. I joined the Michigan Latin@ Assembly Executive Board as a freshman, and when I found out that over half of all Latin@s at the University of Michigan are on academic probation, I formed a Latin@ mentoring subprogram that provided a safe place to study with food and tutoring from older students. I also got involved in a group called Math Circle, which focuses not on tutoring, but on inspiring children to succeed in mathematics. For about ninety minutes each week, this program welcomes children from local middle and high schools and introduces them to imaginative applications of math, including topics in graph theory, topology, game theory, set theory, or computation. As a volunteer, I help these children work through problems and serve as a visible female role model to young girls, since women are underrepresented in these fields. I also gave a talk about probability at math circle, ``Bayes-ically Common Sense''! By going into academia, I hope to continue serving as a role model to underrepresented minorities in higher education while making contributions to human knowledge.
I was very busy as an undergraduate! I worked three jobs, participated in seven student organizations, carried a full course load, acted in a film, and applied to graduate schools in the last year alone. However, as I prepare to go to graduate school this fall at Carnegie Mellon, I sometimes pause to marvel at the absurdities of my life. I have been extended opportunities that I cannot make sense of, but one of the first things taught in a logic class is that you can derive anything from a contradiction. So who knows what will come next? Maybe something absurd.