I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I moved to Pasadena, California when I was 6 months old, and then I moved to south Florida when I was 8. My mom and her side of the family are from Rio de Janeiro and my dad is from Chicago and side of the family is from Greece. I am very proud of my Brazilian/Greek heritage. Brazil is one of my favorite countries and hopefully I'll get to go back soon. Also, if I am lucky I may be able to go to Greece this summer. I’d describe myself as being outgoing, funny, helpful, creative, cheerful, friendly, and animal lover. I have 2 Serengeti cats: Oz and Mx, Black Lab: Pepper, 4 Sugar Gliders: Lilo, Stitch, Sydney, and Adelaide, a chinchilla: Mila, 24 Finches, and too many fish too many to name. I also love sports; I’ve always played soccer and both in and out of high school I was on a swim team, I ran the hurdles and sprints in track, and I was on the crew team. I also love to dance. I took lessons for many years in ballet, jazz, gymnastics, and I was nominated for Cappies Award for my tap dancing. I’ve recently taken up salsa and belly dancing. I’ve played the piano for 6 yrs. and the recorder for 3 yrs. I used to compete in Ballet and in Ice Skating. I have had art schools and different people look at my artwork. My favorite color is purple. One of my newest passions has been painting. I also love to travel.