My name is Arianna. My background as a foster care alumni and minority has made me understand the importance of education and community support. – you can watch a video about me and my past here – After receiving the Beat the Odds Scholarship, I returned to the Children’s Defense Fund to teach middle school students in a homeless shelter. I’m 2016 graduate of MIT, with a Course 21E Bachelor of Science degree: Engineering in Material Science and Anthropology. I lived in Random Hall during my undergraduate years, one of MIT’s undergraduate dorms in Cambridge. If you want to know more about Random Hall, check out the Random Hall page and blog. Through work, guidance, and luck, I was able to attend MIT for four and a half years on full scholarship. Proudly, I have earned a 4.2/5.0 GPA at MIT; I was also able to write a grant proposal to have funding for two summers of an Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program.
What I do
My work has also been acknowledged in the two papers the MFA has published in The Journal of the American Institute for Conservation. I prepared an exhibit for public display during Black history month for the Martin Luther King Jr. Seminar and Exhibit class. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, my slides and updated program templates were used for Merry Foresta’s curator talk for the opening of Democracy of Images Exhibition. My documentation and protocol writing was used in the Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance imitative at Boston University DAR Research, utilized to archive 1,200 paper records into a centralized filing system and train a cohort of five federal work-study students to clean documents of confidential information. I share here some of my academic writing and art.
I also talk about my two cats. Prilla (Full name: Priscilla) is a shelter cat from the MSPCA. She was a mom living out on the streets until the MSPCA found her. All her kittens were adopted before her. She languished in ill humor. Finally, I adopted her, whisking her away to Random Hall. Prilla is a laid back cat with plenty of nicknames: Prilla-illa, Prills, Meow-ster, Loser cat, Bae, Cat (Breakfast at Tiffany’s style), and more. Her least favorite nick name is Cow from when she had her tummy shaved from neutering and her black spots gave her a particularly unfashionable cow like look. Her mood has improved since then. Prilla now enjoys sleeping, eating, and having her chin scratched.
My second beautiful fur child, Toothless, is named after the dragon from How to Train Your Dragon. She really does have all her teeth! She’s just like her namesake: all black, sleek, and flops over when scratched on her shoulders. Toothie also has an oversize sense of adventure. She loves to murder my plants and try to smell people – and cats’ – butts. She too is a rescue kitty, from the Canton Cat Rescue. She’s a high energy ball of destruction, but she’s glad to be here on the blog too!
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I paint landscapes and portraits, constantly improving. I hope to one day work as an art conservator. I enjoy challenging myself to try new techniques and share my emerging work.