Rebecca “Reba” Toledo, who’s majoring in forensic science with an emphasis in anthropology at Japanese New Mexico College, fell in love together with her discipline of research when she first began watching “Bones” in 2010.
She shares, “I needed to do some main analysis to know and perceive what my future profession discipline was about. Though it may be intensive, my dream to grow to be a forensic anthropologist has by no means wavered.”
Reba hopes to sometime work on chilly instances, starting from bringing troopers dwelling from older wars to working inside a division of the FBI. She explains, “I need to have the ability to give a voice to the people whose lives had been lower approach too quick; many are forgotten by our justice system and solely stay on within the reminiscence of their family members. I need to be to provide their households closure, to provide these people themselves closure even when they’re not with us.”
The courses Reba is taking at ENMU are making ready her for that profession path, together with her favourite course to date: matters in Anthropology. “Though it was only a alternative class on account of COVID-19 clashing with a compulsory class wanted for my diploma, I’m nonetheless very glad I’m taking it,” she says. “This class covers a variety of various matters that fall throughout the department of anthropology. I’ve discovered an enormous of fascinating new issues about my main, illnesses, cultural variations in burials and development throughout the neighborhood. It might undoubtedly be ugly and gross at occasions, however completely fascinating!”
A professor who has served as a mentor to Reba is her advisor, Dr. Susan Kuzminsky. “Listening to concerning the instances she has labored on and the fieldwork she has achieved within the Andes, [Dr. Kuzminsky] is simply an all-around person who I look as much as and look in direction of when in want of recommendation with my main,” shares Reba.
The spring 2021 dean’s checklist honoree advises college students enthusiastic about pursuing a forensic science diploma to “all the time keep in mind why you began. The street goes to be huge and tiring, plans change and failure happens, however on the finish of the day, everybody inside this profession discipline has the identical aim: to establish and provides again a bit of humanity to these people who not have it. We’re the few who’re keen to provide a voice to the useless, to deliver justice for individuals who can not search it and to search out the reality.”
The senior selected to switch to ENMU after her earlier college stopped providing her desired main earlier than she had the chance to attend the required upper-level programs. She explains, “I needed to embark on a journey to discover a new college that may meet all my educational necessities and would enable me to advance additional as a substitute of probably widening a spot. I discovered that one of many largest names in forensic anthropology had really acquired their undergraduate diploma at ENMU, the late Dr. Clyde Snow.
“I seemed additional into ENMU and located that the college really provided excess of I had ever dreamed of in my diploma plan,” she continues. “I fell in love with the college and the neighborhood it had, and so forth a blind leap, I utilized and obtained accepted. With out even touring the college, I moved my entire life from Huntsville, Texas, to good ol’ Portales, New Mexico, on a leap of religion, and I’ve no regrets.”
Her favourite side of life as a Greyhound is “the neighborhood, arms down. I initially got here from a much bigger school, the place I felt like I used to be only a quantity. I actually didn’t know my professors properly and solely ever traveled to 1 a part of campus on account of it being to date and huge. However right here at ENMU, I’ve all the time felt like my voice could be heard, and I matter. I really feel like a part of this massive household and, for a woman who obtained fairly a tradition shock when she first moved right here, was absolutely greater than welcomed into that feeling.”
Reba is a member of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and hopes to attend Forensic Science Membership conferences this fall. She is going to function a Dawg Days counselor for her second 12 months in a row this August.
She enjoys spending time within the Artwork and Anthropology Constructing. She shares, “I discover that place to be like a second dwelling to me. A lot of my courses are held there, so naturally, I spend a lot of my days there.
“There’s simply one thing about it; I by no means really feel misplaced being inside these partitions, whether or not it is sitting inside and finding out for an examination with a few classmates or at the back of the constructing having fun with the solar whereas consuming fruit snacks,” she continues. “I’m undoubtedly going to overlook it after I graduate.”
The Greyhound was born in Veracruz, Mexico, and moved to Houston, Texas, when she was seven. She has a youthful brother who shall be going to school quickly. “I’m excited for him to see what adventures and journeys he can discover on the market,” says Reba. Her mom is a realtor, and her father is an engineer within the oil business. Reba’s fiancé is stationed in North Carolina.
She has two canines that are two years aside in age, Keegan and Ophelia. “At occasions they will act like Tom and Jerry at 2 o’clock within the morning,” she laughs.
Her hobbies are studying, watching anime, portray and drawing “something and every part,” listening to music, singing and dancing. She additionally likes touring to “new and recognized locations.
“I hope to journey once more quickly,” she says. “I’ve had the privilege of having the ability to journey to completely different international locations whereas I used to be rising up, even when that meant shifting and beginning over at a younger age, however I’ve this fascination of all the time studying new issues from completely different locations, individuals and cultures. There’s not one uninteresting place on this world that isn’t price visiting at the least as soon as.”
Reba together with her buddy Bella on the Farrington Competitors for ASL the place they, as a part of the ASL Honor Society, had been interpreters for the attendees.