Who is Veronica?
I grew up surrounded by Michigan’s beautiful outdoor scenery. I decided to declare my environmental science major after taking a class on water management and human rights my freshman year. My focus within this major is in urban planning and smart cities. I have always been interested in social issues and the resource disparities that exist in our urban areas, as well as how we could potentially use technology to solve some of these concerns. As a Chancellor’s Science Scholar at UNC, I am committed to contributing to the scientific research in whatever ways I can. I have participated in various projects in an array of disciplines, including pharmacology and public health.
While I always enjoyed reading and writing, I had never seriously considered it as a career until I took an introductory reporting course at UNC. I began to realize how I could implement my science background to make information more accessible to a larger community. Today there is such a large gap between scientists and the rest of the world – people may be conducting incredible research, yet most people who do not have a science background may not be able to understand scientific jargon. During my semester as an assistant editor for Chapel Hill’s student-run newspaper, the Daily Tar Heel, I prioritized expanding local coverage of environmental and health issues. In June 2019, I began my yearlong internship in the marketing/communications office for the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
As a first-generation American, I deeply value diversity and cultural awareness, and I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had to travel and understand our world. I spent the fall of 2018 studying through the UNC Honors Semester in Cape Town. Through my coursework, I learned about the history and sociopolitical dynamics of South Africa. I also completed over 300 hours of an internship with Abalimi Bezekhaya (meaning “farmers of the home” in Xhosa), an urban agriculture NGO. This opportunity has allowed me to explore my passions for both environmental justice and writing by interviewing local subsistence farmers.