Sophia DeSalvo is a native Louisianan, born in New Orleans and raised primarily in Lafayette. As a result, she lives for red beans and rice on Mondays, gumbo in the fall, crawfish in the spring, and beignets whenever she can get her hands on them.
After spending the majority of her childhood attending Catholic school in southern Louisiana, Sophia moved to Dallas, Texas for her last three years of high school. Eventually, Texas won her over, and she decided to pursue her bachelor’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘Em Horns)!
Sophia graduated in May with a degree in English Honors from UT – her honors thesis centered around analyzing the works of Flannery O’Connor and Martin Scorsese, two of the finest (in her opinion) producers of distinctly Catholic art.
Outside of her studies, Sophia played Quidditch for UT, and in 2019, her team won the Quidditch National Championship, which she calls “the greatest achievement of her college career.”
After most of her post-graduate plans were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sophia decided to take a leap of faith and apply for the KNOM volunteer fellowship. “The opportunity appeared at just the right time in my life,” Sophia says, “almost like divine intervention.”
Sophia is excited for the opportunity to learn and grow personally and professionally in Nome while adhering to the KNOM mission.