How are you connected to the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion (CSDI) or the Office of Hispanic Initiatives (OHI)?
I am a Goizueta Fellow. This is a fellowship that I was fortunate to receive when I started graduate school at Georgia Tech and gives me the opportunity to volunteer at many events and programs through OHI.
What advice would you give to students on succeeding academically at Georgia Tech?
Learning how to manage your time effectively is key to having academic success. I would also recommend getting to know your professors by attending their office hours and asking for help early on in classes when needed. Lastly, you need to dedicate yourself to studying, there is no way around that, if you want to maintain a high GPA you must dedicate most of your time to your classwork.
What advice would you give to students on acclimating socially to Georgia Tech?
There are several ways to acclimate socially at college such as joining clubs that interest you (academic, professional, and extracurricular), studying with fellow classmates, and reaching out to dorm neighbors.
Where have you worked while at Georgia Tech, and what did you enjoy about that experience?
My full time job here at Georgia Tech is a graduate student. I am a Ph.D. student in bioengineering, and I also earned my M.S. in chemical engineering along the way. I enjoy that it is challenging, the mentoring experiences I have had, the travel opportunities, the networking opportunities, and the diversity of work (teaching assistantships, classwork, and research).
What has been your favorite Georgia Tech experience?
One of my favorite experiences I have had at Georgia Tech is my role as a teaching assistant for biotransport because I enjoy teaching undergraduates and it was also a learning experience for me to improve my teaching skills.
What are you involved with on campus, and why?
I am the co-chair on the industry committee for Bioengineering and Biosciences Unified Graduate Studies (BBUGS) where I plan, budget, and organize seminars, site visits, and networking events with and held by industry leaders in the biotechnology field in order to ensure graduate students have a well rounded exposure to industry. I am also a member of International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) because I am interested in a career in the biopharmaceutical or cell manufacturing industry.
What has been your study abroad experience while at Georgia Tech?
I have not had a study abroad experience at Georgia Tech, but I would consider the opportunity if it was possible. I did attend the 5th International Conference on Stem Cell Engineering in Canada to present my preliminary research, which was a wonderful learning and networking opportunity.