My name is Mariah Allen and I am from San Antonio, Texas. I am currently studying Communication at UTSA, no concentration. I have received my associates from San Antonio College. I was born deaf, I have a profound hearing loss, considered hard of hearing. I was involved in the San Antonio Deaf Dance Company, in which we performed every summer. I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2008, I made a decision then that I wanted to help others in that position. I have an interest in research and writing. Writing essays and gathering information for a project has always been my skill. I also want to counsel teenagers and young adults who are living with an illness. I am taking interest in public health and new research on fitness and health. I am a leader for a nonprofit Organization, "Together United." The mission is to help the community with economic, health and physical challenges.