Makiah Salinas was born in Bellingham, Washington, and grew up in a small town just north, about 8 miles from the Canadian border. She is currently attending the University of Washington in Seattle, and is planning to graduate with a bachelor’s degree as an Archaeological Sciences major, with an American Indian Studies minor in June 2014. Her academic interests are solely in the archaeological sciences, and have been since her first day at the University. Outside of school, her interests include fantasy novels, video games, and many other geeky things. Overall, she enjoys not acting like a responsible adult. After graduation, she has no idea what she will be doing.