Q: Tell us two interesting things about yourself that nobody would know.
A: Firstly, I’m deathly scared of heights, but an adrenaline junky so it’s kind of ironic. Secondly, I played the flute in middle school for a year.
Q: You speak Spanish! Where is your family from and what are your favorite traditions?
A: Colombia! My favorite traditions are celebrating Christmas Eve, “Noche Buena” because we open presents on Christmas Eve, and also watching the Colombian soccer team as a family.
Q: We know you love to read - what is your favorite book and why?
A: You Sound Like a White Girl by Julissa Arce.
The book really resonated with me as a Latin-American woman. For most of my childhood, I struggled to accept myself and my culture as it differed from my peers. Overall, this book has so many life lessons and advice that teaches young Latinos to celebrate their history, culture, and unique experiences. I wish someone would’ve told me when I was younger because now I see the beauty of my culture and background, which ultimately makes me who I am.
Q: What is your favorite animal and why?
A: Elephants. They’re known to be strong and loyal animals and are highly respected in the jungle. I also think it’s awesome that the female leads the herd.
Q: What are you studying in school and what do you want to do when you graduate?
A: I'm majoring in Political Science and minoring in Social Work. Law school is the end goal!
Q: How long have you been doing gymnastics and how did you get into the sport?
A: I’ve been doing gymnastics for 14 years, starting when I was 6. Originally, I started because it was something new to try once soccer season ended.
Q: What's your favorite treat or go-to snack?
A: Pre-meet: An Uncrustable PB&J or Lesser Evil popcorn.
Treat: Boba, I literally have such a bad obsession; it should be an addiction at this point!
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
A: Colombia because I’ve never been, and I want to meet the rest of my family in-person for the first time.
Q: Share a proud moment from college so far - in and out of the gym.
A: In the gym, winning the SEC championship was a highlight; that night was electric, and it was incredible to see our hard work translate to the competition floor.
Out of the gym, being recognized during halftime at the LSU vs. Bama football game. Having 100,000 people cheer me and my girls on was truly out of a movie. Such an unreal moment that I will never forget.
Q: What is your favorite summertime activity?
A: Being by the pool, listening to music, or playing volleyball with my friends!
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