I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador and moved to the United States at the age of six.
My transition was effortless since I was too young to understand the complexities of an individual's identity. But, I soon grasped that the ease with which I embrace my dual nationalities has not always been so effortless for society to take in. Depending on who's sizing me up, most often a part of me is overlooked, silenced, or ignored. My experience is not unique to people who identify with more than one nation/gender/sex/race... Nevertheless, I decided to become a journalist because an untold narrative always accompanies a dominant one, and there are stories to be heard in the silent. As a journalist, I want to tell these stories.
I recently earned a Master of Arts degree from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in health and medicine reporting and broadcast journalism.
Before entering graduate school, I worked as an editor and writer at an online travel Web site, www.irhal.com, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dotcom Arabia, irhal's parent company, hired me as part of AIESEC's Salaam Initiative, an initiative that attempts to create mutual understanding between Arab nations and the United States. My experience in the Middle East helped me to further cultivate a cultural sensitivity to differences and propelled me to continue forming, what writer Gloria Anzaldua called, a "hybrid consciousness."
I was also chosen as an Eddie Pinder Fellow at ABC News Nightline, where I developed a strong liking for the narrative process and story-telling style of the television news magazine. This liking has now turned into a passion for documentaries.
In 2006, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Psychology and minor in writing from Marymount Manhattan College. During a summer break from my undergraduate studies, I traveled to Dublin, Ireland and interned as a reporter at Jemma Publications, a publishing company with magazines that cover Ireland's tourism and hospitality industry.
I also interned at the TimesLedger Newspapers in Queens, New York as the Arts and Culture reporter covering the cultural happenings of northeastern Queens.
Having visited 20 countries and six continents, I consider myself an avid traveler and dream of one day traveling to space.