Which community college are you currently attending?

Miami Dade College

Photo Credit: Miami Dade College

Which program are you pursuing and what about the subject intrigues you most?

B.S. in Neuroscience, with interests in Public Health, Religion, & Medicine.

What are your education and career aspirations?

Physician & Medical Educator

What is a fun fact about you that few people know?

I learned to sing the Venezuelan national anthem in an indigenous language (Warao) back in 6th grade.

What is your favorite book/movie/song and why?

Eat, Pray, Love with Julia Roberts – I love the process of finding oneself, the wonderlust feeling of travel, and the trailblazers of love.

What is your current favorite streaming binge and why?

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 – comedic relief of the week with a touch of queer magic.

In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?

Meditation & Weightlifting

How are you practicing self-care during this difficult time?

Skincare (always sunscreen!), mindfulness, & staying connected.

How are you adjusting to remote life and what are your tips to stay motivated?

Create a space only to study/work, stick to a structured routine, and implement behavioral management systems (e.g. put your phone in another room while you focus, etc.)

As a Point Community College Scholarship Recipient, what is your message to other LGBTQ+ students?

Put yourself out there! You miss 100% of the chances you don’t take. Let your unique experiences be the assets you bring to any team and make your work ethic be known.

This post’s responses were submitted by Point Community College Scholarship Recipient Manuel Faria (He/Him/His).

Faria is currently pursuing a degree in Neuroscience at Miami Dade College. Read more about Manuel here.

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