Much like many other first-generation college students, I spent my undergraduate experience iteratively discovering, and eventually converging on, my fascination for learning, growing, and teaching as a scholar. My fascination found its form in studying the most complex and compelling systems found in nature, whether that be through researching emergent phenomena in condensed matter physics or by building and applying state-of-the-art neural probes to resolve the onset and progression of neurodegeneration at the single-unit resolution. I am elated to join the Neurotech Training Program and the larger MBCT community at Stanford to work at the exciting intersection of neurotechnology and experimental neuroscience, with my primary mentor, Professor Guosong Hong of Materials Science and Engineering, and theoretical and computational neuroscience with my co-advisor, Professor Surya Ganguli of Applied Physics. In addition to performing research, I’ve ensured that a significant dimension of my career be spent on improving representation of nontraditional students in higher education. For fun, I brew enzymatically gluten-reduced beer and I try to get out in nature and disconnect as much as possible.