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 chamber music, my favorite piece is Mahler's Piano Quartet in A minor, and for orchestra, 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.