Patricia grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and completed a BA in English literature with minors in linguistics and creative writing at Boston College. She began studying colloquial Tibetan in 2013, taking intensive lessons at the Esukhia language school in Dharamsala, India. That same year, she was a Boston College study abroad student of Tibetan language and Buddhist philosophy at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Boudha, Nepal. Patricia developed a particular interest in modern Tibetan poetry and literary translation and completed a translation project on Tibetan poetry, for which she conducted research in Boudha and Dharamsala. Patricia is deeply interested in Tibetan and South Asian cultures, languages, and literature.