Andrea Arrendondo Tovilla is a recent graduate from UC Merced with a major in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Science. Born in Mexico City, Mexico but raised in the Central Valley, she plans to attend graduate school to obtain a degree in Clinical Psychology. She hopes to focus her work on child development disparities through a clinical setting as well as through research. In her spare time she enjoys coaching competitive cheerleading, traveling to new places and watching cold case documentaries.
Diana Juarez is a 3rd-year undergraduate student at UC Merced with a major in Psychology. She grew up in Santa Ana, California and strives to make a difference in young children’s lives by ensuring a happy, healthy future. She hopes to pursue a career in Clinical Child Psychology, helping young children and adolescents with a focus on Latino families. Her hobbies include painting, hanging out with family and friends, going to the beach, and reading.
Abby Jones is a 4th-year undergraduate student from Huntington Beach, California majoring in Microbiology and Immunology. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career working in the medical or public health laboratory field. In her free time, she enjoys baking, writing music, and playing video games.
Angie Ramirez is a 4th-year student at UC Merced where she is majoring in Psychology. She is from Santa Rosa, California and plans on returning home after completing her undergraduate studies to continue her career at Sonoma State’s University Psychology Department Masters program. She hopes to become a licensed clinical social worker for children and adolescents. Her future career and education is driven by her passion for working with children to help them overcome some of life’s most difficult challenges. In her free time, she enjoys going to the gym, binge-watching Netflix series, and eating good food.
Adriana Rodriguez is a 4th-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Spanish. She grew up in Oxnard, CA and plans on continuing her education in Speech Language Pathology in hopes to work with elementary school children and ensuring that they are given the necessary tools to excel in their future. In her spare time she enjoys being with her family, finding new adventures and watching tv shows.
Vanessa Zelaya is a 4th-year undergraduate student majoring in Psychology and minoring in Political Science. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After completing her undergraduate studies at UC Merced, she plans to attend graduate school and then pursue her PsyD in child and adolescent psychology. She hopes to use her degree to work with children from low income families and provide assistance that will allow the child to experience a safe and healthy transition into adolescence, as well as adulthood. In her spare time, she loves to watch documentaries and spend time with loved ones.