I was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but lived in Anchorage, Alaska from 1992-1995. My interest in math and science has been present since before I can remember, my oldest memories go back to doing basic arithmetic in a sand box with my father while waiting for my older brother's football practice to end. I first encountered physics when I discovered an old copy of Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time while visiting my dad in Abu Dhabi. Even though I didn't quite grasp all the concepts presented in the book, somehow I knew physics was what I wanted to pursue in life. I will attend Stanford University in the fall. I would like to minor in math.