About Me

About Me

I was born in Kodiak, Alaska to an American father and Chilean mother in 1996. The next year my sister Carmen was born and the year after that we moved to Anchorage. In 1999 I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in April, and that November my second sister, Laura (Loli), was born.

My mother, Sylvia, and I ca. 1999

After Loli was born my dad joined the Foreign Service State Department and we moved from Alaska to northern Virginia, and three months later we moved to Mexico City. In Mexico I got to experience a different culture for the first time. I started speaking, reading, and writing in spanish more frequently, and soon was a fluent english and spanish speaker. During the middle of our post my mom got pregnant with my little brother, Patrick. As her due date came around  we all went back to Alaska for two months so that my brother could be born in the United States. After Patrick was born my parents got their new assignment and we found out that our next post would be in Switzerland.

Before Switzerland, our family moved back to Virginia for language training. We stayed in fairfax for about 9 months. During this time my parents would often take us to DC to visit museums and the national mall, which sparked my interest in history after visiting exhibits at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. I loved visiting the Smithsonian so much that my mom and dad would try to take me as often as they could.

In Switzerland, I learned how to speak German and was quite fluent for a couple years even after we moved. During the two and a half years  we lived there I learned how to ice-skate, ski, go bouldering, and how to milk a cow! Looking back at my time in Switzerland, I remember how magical living there felt- waking up to a view of the alps, experiencing the swiss nature and food, and just the way life felt living there. After two and a half amazing years, my parents next post was going to be Chile, where my mother was born and raised.

My family stayed in Chile for three years and we were there when the 8.8 magnitude earthquake hit in 2010 of the coast. Although most buildings in Chile are built on rollers to withstand its frequent shakes, a lot was destroyed on the coast due to tsunamis. School was closed for a few days, to make sure that the structure was safe and to clean up any mess. The following week when we got back to school we were still experiencing after shock waves, and that Thursday, in the middle of class, there was a really big shock wave, and after we had our drill everyone was sent home and we had another few days off from school.

After Chile we were assigned to Tijuana, Mexico. I knew Tijuana didn’t have the best reputation, and my mother was worried about us living there, so we only lived there for about three months and then we moved twenty minutes across the border in San Diego. Living in California was a wonderful experience. The beaches were so close and the nature and weather were always beautiful, truly a wonderful place to live. I attended began my freshman year of highschool and stayed until after my junior year in 2014.

That summer we moved to Falls Church Virginia where I graduated at George Mason High School in 2015. My senior year I wasn’t looking for anything specific in a college. I was still unsure about what I wanted to do career wise, but knew that I wanted to stay in state and study history. So I thought, why not the University of Mary Washington? My grandmother attended UMW many years ago when it was still and all girls school, and I knew it had one of the prettiest campuses. Although I wasn’t that picky about what college I attended, I’m glad that I chose to come here. Teachers and students and helpful and friendly, classes are interesting and challenging, and campus is beautiful. While I still am unsure about what my plans are for after college, I am hoping to be able to use what I have learned about being a historian on projects. Now I am interested in creating a family history tree of my father’s family’s side and know that my time at UMW will teach me skills I can use to do this.

Family photo at the White House after my graduation in 2015