Meet Taís Queiroz, undergraduate student in geology

"Hello, my name is Taís Queiroz, I'm 22 years old, I was born in Salvador and study Geology at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), I would be completing the fifth semester of graduation, but unfortunately the world had to slow down.

I live in the suburbs, I came from public school, I was the first in my family to enter a public university and I've always considered myself very intelligent, but looking at my colleagues/ classmates, for many times I thought about giving up. I felt completely incapable and insecure.

Talking about my history in the course, the beginning was not exactly easy. I did not see myself belonging to the place and only after some time I realized that this was due to the absence of people I could relate to (black people and LGBTQ+)... I had many expectations. I started with the idea of studying the area where I live during my graduation, thus emphasizing areas such as Sedimentology, Coastal Geology or Geotechnics, but things have changed a little and I'm still not that sure.

I've matured and spent these last moments respecting my time, and even with some difficulties, I know I want geology in my life and because of it, I "restarted" my history in the course. It remains difficult to observe our area since it is so elitist, but I started to occupy spaces and I hope to be able to welcome my fellow colleagues/classmates."

- Taís Queiroz (she/her)

Instagram: @taisqrzz