Natalie “Nicole” Sanchez is a rising fifth year graduate student in the Astronomy Department. She is a member of the UW Nbody Shop and uses cosmological simulations of galaxies to better understand galactic evolution. With her advisor, Dr. Jessica Werk, Nicole focuses on researching the circumgalactic medium (CGM). She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms which drive the metal enrichment of the CGM, especially the effects of supermassive black holes. Nicole has recently published her second first-author paper, and is excited for what the future of her work may hold.