So tell me a little bit about you. Where’d you grow up?
I’m from Colombia and I’m from the main city, which is Bogota. I studied biology and I like conservation and environmental management. So I came here five years ago to do my Masters. And now I’m doing my PhD.
I want to try to preserve natural habitats while at the same time provide food. I’m in my last year and when I finish I want to maybe work with an NGO here or do some more research.
So what’s important to you and your life?
Well for me it’s important to like what I’m doing. So yes, I’m very passionate about research and the environment. But I also like doing some other stuff like dancing or drawing or things like that, and sharing time with my husband. He’s also a researcher in the same field.
So, What does that look like in your day to day life like in terms of implementing what matters to you?
Trying to schedule what I’m planning to do on the day, one day at a time so I don’t get anxious. Yeah. Try to be also always chat with friends so I don’t feel overwhelmed because despite the fact that I love doing what I’m doing in research sometimes it could be a bit overwhelming.
So it’s important to to keep in touch with friends. Yeah.
So are there any specific things that have happened in your life or people who’ve inspired you in terms of what really matters to you and what you’re studying and everything?
Ooo!. That’s a good question. Well I don’t know, I think that my parents. So for example, my Mom, she works with, well she studied agriculture at uni. So that’s why I think I like this path of agriculture.
And, I don’t know, it’s like they’re very aware of how the environment is right now, the environmental crisis. So yeah probably they inspired me to do this. And, yeah, I really like nature. So that’s something else that inspired me. I like doing some hiking.
So was there anything from your childhood experience experience in Columbia that that really kind of convicted you about the environment and how important that was.
Yeah. Well probably it’s because Columbia is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world. So like knowing that, knowing that everything is in crisis probably, that was something important.
Has anyone ever asked you this question before?
Well I think so, yeah. Like when I was doing my Masters when I like applied for the scholarship for my masters and the people who interview me yes they ask these questions.
Who in your life would benefit from being asked this question?
Well actually like the people who you’re asking and potentially their network around them. So, yeah, maybe people start being more aware of what they want in life. And probably because we’re a social species. We want to maybe, one of our goals is to connect with people that we care about, so yeah, probably the people that we care about will benefit as well.