I was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Design, with a concentration in Urban and Community Horticulture from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. In the fall of 2017, I decided to move to Gainesville, FL to pursue my Master’s degree in Entomology. Under the supervision of Dr. Oscar Liburd, I joined the Small and Vegetable IPM Laboratory in the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Department. My research objective was to assess the phenology as well as the susceptibility of three different strawberry varieties when exposed to a seed bug pest, Neopamera bilobata. Upon graduation with my Masters in August, I joined the DPM program and will be working on trapping for Old World Bollworm and keeping the DPM newsletter up and running. In my spare time, I enjoy watching movies, listening to music, cooking, playing sports, dancing, and hanging out with friends!