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, but nothing about college was a for sure thing with 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. While I still enjoy music as a hobby, I immediately dug deeper and deeper into philosophy. 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 most of my time is spent doing philosophy, I still greatly enjoy writing and listening to music. In addition, I spend a lot of time reading, watching, and playing hockey with my wife Irena and our two dogs Pepper and Bear.