Thais Arruda is a freshman at Temple University studying neuroscience. For the past year, she has been living in Rome, which gave her the chance to explore the Italian culture and to have a better understanding about social issues in Italy. Born in Brazil, she was raised in contact with different social realities and backgrounds, which ignited her passion for community engagement and social advocacy. In her free time, she enjoys exploring new cultures and places, as well as being with her friends and family.