Kayla is a junior from California double majoring in Anthropology and Genetics. Two of her favorite experiences beyond class include interning through the UA Honors College at the Tucson Botanical Garden’s butterfly house and volunteering at the Arizona State Museum where she gets to share her passion for anthropology. But much more importantly, she likes stingrays and rocks. In grade 6 she had to write an informational essay on a type of ocean animal. She had wanted to research dolphins or seahorses, but by the time the stick with her name on it was pulled there wasn’t much to pick from. She picked the stingray because she’d never heard of it before and it sounded more interesting than clams. Turns out they are really cool animals, and it was a mixture of the delight of this discovery and the glee of using computers during school hours that resulted in her love for these funny looking creatures. As for rocks, well, doesn’t every kid have a rock collection at some point? We humans have a strange affinity for gathering things, and rocks are free and easy to find. Usually kids ditch their rock collection in exchange for sports trophies or fan merch, but living on the countryside and having a driveway full to the brim with all sorts of cool rocks kept up her passion for them. Kayla still collect rocks, except now she’s pickier and attends events solely dedicated to them. Whoops.