Completing majors in psychology and mathematics, Carina was involved in research in biopsychology and completed an honors thesis in psychology. She participated in several summer internships, in work ranging from an after-school program for children with behavioral issues to an analyst for Avelo Mortgage, and then with a zoologist in his lab at Oklahoma State University. She also found time for activities beyond the academic—competing as a member of the cross country team and participating in Delta Phi Nu sorority—and managed to fit in a January Term international study experience in France.
She was inducted as a member of Psi Chi national honor society in psychology and both Alpha Chi and Phi Beta Kappa national honor societies. She plans to continue study to earn a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree and start a private practice or open a clinic. Much of her interest had origins in her biopsychology course, which she found her most interesting class. “The class helped me find my passion for research and neuroscience and led to my work in the biopsychology lab, which opened many doors for me,” she said.