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.