I was born and raised in Arecibo, Puerto Rico until the age of 16. My junior year of high school I came to the United States and have lived in Yardley, Pennsylvania ever since. I graduated from King’s College, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. During my time at King’s I researched colloidal metallic nanoparticle systems and their electronic properties. This research project drove my interest in pursuing chemistry at a graduate level and procuring a Ph.D. degree.