I was born and grew up on the central coast of California to first- and second-generation Mexican-Americans. My family was largely of a working class background, with neither of my parents completing college.
In high school, I moved from California to the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. My main pursuit at the time was the performing arts, particularly music composition. My goal was to hopefully go to conservatory, and become a composer and music teacher. Unfortunately, nothing about college was a sure thing for me.
After spending a year working, I applied to Portland State University, where I matriculated Fall of 2010. My first term there I took an introduction to philosophy course. I became fascinated by the questions and started trying to learn more about how philosophy approached them. My sophomore year, a professor suggested I think about graduate school. We worked hard for two years, trying to make me as competitive as possible, and I was accepted to start at UNC in the Fall of 2015.
Since being at UNC, I've continued my development as a philosopher, writer, and teacher.
While much of my time is spent doing philosophy, I still greatly enjoy writing and listening to music. In addition, I spend a lot of time keeping up with the NHL and playing pick-up hockey in Chapel Hill. Finally, any extra downtime is often spent reading or watching movies with my wife and our two dogs.