I come from a very small village in the mountains of Northern Extremadura called Hervás. Until I moved to the United States in 2012, I had spent my time in Spain between Hervás and the capital city of the region - Cáceres - finishing my studies in music. Since my family lives in Spain, I try to go visit at least once a year.
At left, a picture of the outline of Hervás from my parents' house.
When I was 11 years old I moved to the capital city of the region - Cáceres - to continue with my music studies at the Official Conservatory of Music Hermanos Berzosa. I graduated in 2012 with a degree in classical music and piano performance. When it comes to playing, my favorite composers are Albéniz, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. For orchestra, I love Sibelius’ violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.
At left, a picture of me at the conservatory the day before my End of Degree Recital.
Undergraduate at Ohio University
From 2012 to 2016 I double majored in Linguistics and Spanish at Ohio University, in Athens, Ohio. I was also a student of the Interdepartmental Institute for the Empirical Study of Language, for which I wrote a senior thesis. During these years I earned four certificates and started studying my fourth language - Mandarin Chinese. Most importantly, I met and became friends with incredible people from all over the world.
At left, a picture of me with my family the day of my graduation.
Graduate student at The Pennsylvania State University
In 2018 I received my Master's degree in Hispanic Linguistics from the department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at The Pennsylvania State University.
During my master's degree I worked with Dr. Dussias as my advisor and focused on laboratory research using eye-tracking technology. Additionally, I continued with my Chinese studies and research and was awarded an NSF PIRE Fellowship to go to Beijing Normal University 北京师范大学 (Beijing, China) to collect eye-tracking data.
At left, a picture of me in Burrowes Building during a visit by ESL children to the department.
Teaching faculty at The Pennsylvania State University
I am currently a teaching faculty member in the department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese teaching Spanish, Linguistics, and Hispanic Linguistics courses. In my free time, I enjoy reading books - my favorite authors are Gabriel García Márquez and Carl Sagan -, exploring the outdoors (I love skiing), making and listening to music, and spending time with animals.
At left, a picture of my office in Burrowes Building.