Hi there! I'm Daniela, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. My parents moved my brothers and I over to Miami when I was just three years old, but that didn't stop them from raising us in the most hispanic environment possible. Ever since I was in middle school, I worked alongside my mother in the Venezuelan community, rallying support for the opposition in our home country. We had been fortunate to escape a crumbling and oppressive dictatorship, but that didn't stop us from fighting for the human rights of those who were still suffering back home.

In high school, I discovered my passion for writing, and have since then been trying to get my words and ideas out as often and powerfully as possible. I hope to major in English and International Comparative Studies at Duke, in order to combine my love of language and communication skills with my interest for human rights and justice around the world. In my spare time, I write cheesy poetry, watch lame romantic movies and travel as often as I can. If there's one thing I like to do, it's laugh.

I'm incredibly honored and humbled to be a part of the Baldwin Scholars program. Having attended an all-female high school, I know how powerful women can be when placed together in a supportive environment, and it feels like I've found exactly that type of community here at Duke.