Hometown: Kailua, HI
High School: Mid-Pacific Institute
Tufts 1+4 Location: Hyderabad, India
Wanda was born in New York City, but lived most of her life in Alabama and currently resides in the beautiful island of O'ahu, Hawaii. She is planning on pursuing a double major in biomedical sciences and bio-technical engineering with a minor in linguistics at Tufts, with an end goal of becoming a genetic engineer. Science has always been a passion of hers, and she served as captain and Vice President of her school's Science Olympiad team, leading them to states three years in a row. She was part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in high school and spent much of her time learning languages, working towards academic goals, and being involved in global politics, social justice, and environmental science programs. Wanda is also an alumna of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Sciences Program and the International Public Policy Forum. She enjoys volleyball, and was captain of her team in Alabama, and has a great passion for music; having sang and taught herself guitar, ukelele, and piano, and participating in several show choirs, bands, and vocal ensembles. Wanda has filled her past summer vacations and winter breaks with international service in India, Nepal, and Costa Rica, and was involved with volunteer programs in her local community during the school year. She loves traveling and is so excited to take on a long-term project in India this year where she is eager to throw herself into cultural immersion and have new, life-changing experiences.