As a native of Tucson, I was raised with an awareness and appreciation for water as a precious and finite resource. Since I was a middle schooler I have been taught by teachers and family about groundwater and the importance of it in our lives here in the desert. Cautionary tales of pollutant contamination and irreversible ground subsidence helped me understand the importance of mindfulness and conservation, not only of water but of all natural resources.
The desire to minimize my own impact on the environment is what inspired my decision to return to the University of Arizona to seek a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, though I was initially unsure about what avenue to pursue. After a semester in an introductory hydrology class, I began to understand more deeply the complexity of water issues that exist in the American west, and have decided to dedicate myself to the study of chemical engineering as it applies to wastewater treatment.
Currently, I am the student assistant for Arizona Project WET, and am happy to have the opportunity to help spread water education to other young students in the state. In working at Arizona Project WET, I have learned even more about western water issues and Tucson's water systems than before. With APW, I hope to continue learning and developing my awareness of these important topics.