My insatiable curiosity and passion for understanding computers saw me earning my family's first baccalaureate. As the first generation born in the US, I made the most of my education especially in high-school which helped financially establish my college career. Through my undergraduate research and studious nature, I attended several REUs thanks to the support of my professors and adviser. Because my interests are seemingly infinite, I've since departed from the realm of computer science and have now endeavored to undertake an atmospheric science Ph. D. pilgrimage many miles from home. Listening to my heart (and not my wallet) has blessed me with meaningful work in a hugely formative environment. My non-academic hobbies include: crocheting, mountain biking, begleri (think finger nun-chux), cooking, and computer gaming.