I am currently a first generation college freshman studying economics at the University of Southern California. I was born to hard-working Mexican parents in South Central Los Angeles, and attended Synergy Quantum Academy where I was valedictorian. I am currently a SPEC Lab intern, Daily Trojan news writer, and Gates Millennium Scholar. When I was in high school, I had a mentor through College Possible, a nonprofit organization, who helped me prepare myself for the college application process and answered any questions I had regarding scholarships. I was super scared about financing higher education but through the help of my mentor at College Possible, and many others, I am now attending USC practically for free.
I understand how important these relationships are to the success of high school students since often they do not have anyone with whom to speak about their fears. I am proud to be able to give back by guiding the next group of high school seniors and juniors in their quest for a higher education. A higher education is possible regardless of anybody’s socioeconomic status or classification as a first generation student. SWAG to College gives me hope for the future of this country, and I can’t be any more glad to be a part of this organization.