Meet Our Summer Intern, Maria!

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I originally grew up in Maracaibo, Venezuela. There was (and still is) a lot of political unrest. My parents decided it would be better to move to a new country, where the opportunities would be better. We moved to Baltimore, MD for a couple of years since my dad had a fellowship there with Harbor Hospital and John Hopkins. Following that, we moved to a very small town in Wisconsin. I struggled a lot there, people weren’t welcoming towards me and my family. When I graduated high school, I wanted to get out, see the world, make new friends, so I picked the University of Minnesota. At first, I wanted to go to medical school (lol) but I took a Sociology 101 course that reshaped some of my general understandings so I decided to Major in Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance with a minor in psychology. My biggest accomplishment would definitely be graduating from the U. My parents left everything behind for me to be able to do that, so when...

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