Hometown: Oakland, California

Major: History

Main extracurricular activities: Tavern social house, intramural volleyball, Relay for Life

Why did you choose to attend Middlebury? I actually knew very little about Middlebury when I visited it as the very last stop on my college tour before senior year. All I knew was that I wanted a smaller school/liberal arts college. I came in with a list of all the other schools I’d loved so far and was fully prepared to hate Middlebury to make my choice easier. I ended up liking it so much that I applied ED, and here I am years later giving info sessions about how much I love this school.

Is there a J-term experience that stands out as especially memorable, or perhaps a course offering or research opportunity that jumps out? As a first-year I took a one-person J-term class. I went to class for two hours every day with Professor Higa to study Portuguese for a whole month. It was tough to stay on my game for that long (especially in a foreign language) but I had a great time! I ended up studying abroad in Brazil and basing my senior thesis on Brazilian history, and a lot of that passion can be traced back to my first year of Portuguese and my one-person class in J-term.

Favorite Vermont spot? It’s gotta be Mad Taco. Coming from California, I desperately missed Mexican food until I found it (and I will vouch for it 100 percent). When I go there, it tends to mean I’m with good friends stopping by on my way to somewhere else fun.

One fun fact about you or unknown talent you have: I can guess plot twists with 99 percent accuracy in pretty much any TV show or movie hours before they happen.