What's your favorite thing about San Diego?
One of my favorite things about being in San Diego, aside from having the privilege of being near the ocean, is the rich diversity of cultures and backgrounds San Diego has to offer. I have always found a sense of community and grounding here in San Diego, the home of my ancestors (the Kumeyaay) since time immemorial.
What do you miss about home?
Well, I currently live on my reservation (The San Pasqual Band of Indians), so being homesick is something that I can't relate to at this present moment. I will say that when I have found myself living away from my community, I have felt a sense of disconnection from my inner identity. I would often wonder what was happening, what needs needed to be met, and how my loved ones were doing.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
I would encourage incoming students to seek and explore the resources that are available here at UC San Diego. Find individuals that will support your vision and never stop reflecting on how you can do better and be better for yourself and your local communities. As an Indigenous person, you have the wisdom and inherent ability to truly transcend academia. Take your place in this world, assert yourself in tough conversations... Most importantly, be 100% authentic in whatever you seek to do!