I was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where I attended Stanton College Preparatory School. I enjoyed soccer, horseback riding and other outdoor activities. Additionally, I really liked math and physics, so I pursued an engineering degree from Auburn University. After starting in aerospace engineering, I eventually was drawn more towards the environment. This resulted in my switch to bio-systems engineering. Upon taking classes, I realized I was more interested in the hydrology courses rather than the agricultural courses. This lead to a specialization in ecological engineering. Due to a severe medical injury in 2011, I took a reduced course load and was able to pick up a business minor during that time. In May 2015, I graduated with an Ecological Engineering degree, and a business minor, and am now in pursuit of a law degree from Cumberland School of Law.
My medical dismissal was due to a traumatic brain injury that set me back in undergraduate studies, but also made me learn an entirely new definition of "normal." This injury left me with a plethora of emotions, no sense of taste, no short-term memory, and advice to switch to a lighter undergraduate major due to permanent brain damage. This experience taught me that nothing could determine my future except my outlook. I was motivated by adversity to prove the doctors wrong when I realized that stress drives me to perform better. While I was devoted to becoming a stronger person, I became more dedicated to grades and more involved in extracurriculars. I realized I must pursue my passions, no matter what circumstances, because tomorrow may be too late. So here I am, ambitious and optimistic about the unknown future.
What is Biosystems Engineering?
Biosystems Engineering is Agricultural and Biological Engineering, which ensures the necessities of life, such as plenty of food, safe and clean water, renewable fuels, alternative energy sources, and a healthy environment. We apply engineering to the biological and agricultural aspects of ecosystems and the natural environment.
What is Ecological Engineering?
Water is my passion, so ecological engineering was my best fit degree. Auburn University offers a specialization of the Biosystems degree in ecological engineering. This applies environmental aspects that pertain to natural ecological and biological principles, such as watershed modeling, natural resource conservation, non-point source pollution, stream and river restoration. We also learned other engineering aspects such as road design and alignments and GIS.
Biosystems vs. Civil
Civil engineer degrees have an environmental option. That civil engineers' option is a biosystems engineers major. Both curricula overlaps in mechanics of materials, thermodynamics, hydraulics, site design, and GPS & GIS laboratories. Similarly, both engineers specify in topics such as air and water quality, harmful radiation, hazardous waste and solid waste management as well, but when planning a project design, biosystems engineers also use biological knowledge of the ecological systems surrounding those areas. Biosystem students learn about the land, ecology, and environment of an area more extensively than civil.
After conversing with several professionals in various fields including the environmental engineering, ecological, and legal fields, I decided law school would be a positive experience to further my education. See the tab above labeled "Cumberland Law" for more information.