Manhattan Beach, CA | Hartford, CT

 

2013 season headshot

Born and raised in one corner of the country and going to school in the opposite corner, I’ve grown to love travel and new adventures.  Playing soccer in high school, I unfortunately I sustained three concussions, which originally sparked my fascination with the brain. Those concussions didn’t change my opinion of the sport, as I went across the country to Hartford to follow my deepest passion, soccer. Starting in all 65 games of my four-year career, as the goalkeeper for Trinity College’s Women’s Soccer Team I currently hold multiple program records. At home, in Los Angeles, I participated in an internship with UCLA Medical Center’s Pediatric Neurology Department, confirming my desire to pursue a career in sports medicine. In Hartford, my home-away-from-home, I was a research assistant for the Surgery Department at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, continuing on my path to medical school. Following my graduation from Trinity, I accepted a position as the Trauma Research Coordinator for Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. In addition to soccer and neuroscience, I followed my interest in Italian studies at Trinity. My father’s side of the family hails from southern Italy (hence the last name, which translates to “of flowers” in Italian), which inspired a strong interest in Italian culture. Following my curiosity for all things Italian, I studied abroad in Rome twice, which encouraged me to travel even more, to learn about my heritage and helped me to keep in touch with my family, in the states and over seas. Born and raised in Southern California, I will always love the beach, but living on the East Coast for the past five years has given me an appreciation for travel and adventure. While in Hartford, I’ll be playing for a semi-professional soccer team, continuing to explore my interest in clinical research at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center and applying to medical school. 

 

 

Warfarin vs. DOACs in Patients with ICH Research Presentations

One of the many didactic experiences that came with my research experience at Saint Francis Hospital was presenting the group’s research at Trinity’s first annual Brain Event and it’s annual spring science symposium. In addition to publishing our research on the national and international level, my partner, Lilla, and I worked in concert to draft…

My Adventures Abroad Spring 2015

An Interact overview of my travels across Europe while abroad during the 2015 spring semester!

Beautiful Barcelona

In elementary and middle school, I received Ranger Rick in the mail. It was magazine for kids that focus on animals and the environment. In one issue, there was an article about an aquarium in Barcelona with pictures of gigantic tanks with underwater tunnels you could walk through. Working at an aquarium myself throughout middle school and high school, I had a profound appreciation for this Mecca of an aquarium. Anytime Barcelona was mentioned, I immediately thought of their aquarium.

Sports-Related Concussion Paper

After suffering three mild concussions in high school, I became fascinated with the brain. As a junior at Trinity I was assigned to write a paper about anything related to neuroscience. With the freedom to dive into anything, I obviously chose to look into concussions. Excited that I could take this assignment into any direction,…

Mafia

One of the most unique and interesting classes at Trinity College is Professor Alcorn’s Mafia course. Using film and social sciences to analyze mafia behaviors and motivations, the rise and downfall of the Mafia in both Italy and America was discussed. Studying the Mafia, or Cosa Nostra ( which translates to “our thing” in Italian)…

European Union Final Paper

With the chance to pick my own final research topic in my European Union (EU) course, I decided to focus the healthcare within in the EU. I took this opportunity to combine my interest in European travel with my interest in healthcare and medicine. Because their system of healthcare is much different that it is…

Sancta Sanctorum Presentation

During the summer course I took in Rome, we learned about medieval Christian art throughout the city. When covering the 13th century, we visited what used to be the Pope’s private chapel, called Sancta Sanctorum. Sancta Sanctorum translates to “The Holy of Holies” from Latin. It’s one of the smaller spaces we studied, but it’s…

“The Best of Rome”

The final project for my Italian Cinema class was to create a short film. I worked with two other students, Mark and Maddie, to make a compilation of what we considered “The Best of Rome”. After spending almost four months in Rome, we picked our favorite spots to include in a short video. Now, this…

Italian Cinema Final Paper

While studying abroad in Rome and fulfilling my Italian Studies minor requirements, I took a course on Italian Cinema. The professor, Chiara Lucarelli, used Italian films to outline the history of the country. Through analyzing two films a week, I learned more about Italy as whole than I did in all other classes combined. For…

Dr. Rau and Organic Chemistry

After taking chemistry both semesters freshmen year, I wrote it off, saying it just wasn’t my thing. Although I liked the subject, the material didn’t click with me. Entering my sophomore year and taking Orgo (or Organic Chemistry) I knew I would be able to do well in the class but I didn’t know that…