I would like to thank Dr. Terry Shackleford for this great opportunity and help in accomplishing this project. I did not realize how fascinating plants were before this opportunity. I am very thankful to Ms. Anacely Murphy and Ms. Irene Uribe for guiding me through the initial process. I have learned many things from them that I will continue to use in my education. Lastly, I am extremely grateful to my family, friends, and classmates for their help in the editing process of the project as well as for their amazing words of encouragement.
I was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas, a city near the border of Texas and Mexico. After graduation in 2026, I will receive a bachelor’s degree in Biology that I will use to pursue a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy, with a specialization in psychiatric or ambulatory care. I plan on attending The University of Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy in order to accomplish this.
During my first year at St. Mary’s University, I participated in Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA), and I have been elected to be the Treasurer for 2023-2024. I obtained a certification as a pharmacy technician and currently work in an independent pharmacy. I have also worked as a medical assistant and a scribe in at a medical clinic and will continue to do so during summer breaks.