What I’m most proud of is being the first in my family to go straight to a four-year and graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SFSU during the pandemic in spring of 2020. My college journey has given my aunt and uncles hope for their own children knowing that I was able to get through college and can now support my family with the process.
The 10,000 Degrees community is a very welcoming environment, not just to students but anyone new. What’s unique is that you see people who look like you and come from similar backgrounds. As a Latina who is also part of the LGBTQI+ community, it’s hard to feel included in spaces, especially new environments. I was hesitant at first, but my Fellow at SFSU really made me feel welcomed and heard.
I came back to work for 10,000 Degrees to both grow and to help students achieve their own educational dreams. I want to be that extra support that students can always depend on, and not be shy to ask me anything. I enjoy creating a strong bond with my students and seeing them transfer to a 4-year institution.