I was born in San Bernardino, CA, and raised in Rialto, CA. I lived in Los Angeles for two years during third and fourth grade and came back to Rialto to finish out my schooling.
In middle school, we had a severe-ish weather event that sparked my interest in meteorology. I bought all the books I could on it and by the time I was a junior in high school I had my list of colleges to apply to.
I applied to the University of Oklahoma and Iowa State University. I immediately knew I got into Iowa State due to their unique admissions program, but I had to wait longer for Oklahoma. In the end, I chose Iowa State, began in Fall 2013, and graduated in Fall 2017.