Paloma is a sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University. From a young age, Paloma was involved in theatre and the performing arts, and continued this passion throughout middle and high school, spending her summers studying theatre and performance at Interlochen Center for the Arts near Traverse City, Michigan.
Paloma has competed in several model government conventions, including Harvard Model Congress and the Virginia Model General Assembly.
She was elected to serve as the student representative to her county’s school board, where she got to debate real politicians about issues of educational policy, writing speeches and proposals in favor of educational reform.
Paloma now works as a research assistant at Barnard College, researching college access and racial disparities in the United States. She also works as a college advisor and mentor for high-achieving, low-income students around the world.