I believe that a good work-life balance is especially important for graduate students, so I try to make time for other activities outside of research!

Outside of academics, I can usually be found hanging out with my golden retriever, Scout, either on a hike through the Southern California canyons or relaxing at home. I love cooking and baking and am frequently trying out new recipes (my most recent challenge was making croissants from scratch).  

Recently, Scout and I have gotten involved in the exciting sport of dog agility, and are hoping to compete in an agility trial soon!