Hi everyone! I’m Angela, a Junior from Houston, Texas studying Psychology with maybe a minor in media studies or math. Other than working for Admission, I was a barista at the Motley Coffeehouse and a student intern for the Dean of Students. I’m also actively a part of Cafe Con Leche, the Latinx affinity CLORG that focuses on creating space for Latinx identifying students at Scripps. I am a proud member of QuestBridge Scholars chapter at Scripps, FirstGen@Scripps, and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, and sit on the editorial board for Our Sound zine publication. What is that you may ask? We take submissions from 5C students, who are members of marginalized communities, on a particular theme we choose and put it all together in a zine to publish. On-campus I volunteered for Learning in Collaboration (LINC) at Pomona College, which partners with under-resourced elementary schools to help students with their academic performance. LINC also helps me to step outside of the Claremont College bubble! Over the summer I interned for the College Initiatives Team at Yes Prep Public Schools to help create events centered around college for low-income BIPOC high school students. In my free time, you can find me hanging out at the Coop or Motley, watching TikToks, embroidering, or playing chess. I really love laying on the huge patches of grass scattered around the 5Cs too!
I was so terrified of attending a college out of state and located 1,500 miles away from where I was born and raised. On top of that, I knew my experience would be very different because I am first-generation, Latina, and low-income. Although I was nervous, I trusted myself and my decision to commit to a women’s college in California! One thing that has stood out to me the most from my time here is the communities. I’ve had my fair share of doubting a decision I made at 18 that would affect me for 4 years of my life, but I always thought back to the people I have had the privilege to meet and gotten to know here. My peers continually have amazed me by their willingness to go out of their way to help somebody else. Thanks to the Discover program, I was able to visit Scripps as a prospective student. I remember I signed up to sit in on a class but was so lost when I tried to find the location of the class. Out of nowhere, a student from Scripps asked me and the other girl who was with me if we needed help. This took me by surprise because she was on her way to class but willingly wanted to help us get to where we needed to be. Later that night another Scripps student took me to the Motley where we talked for over two hours. After drinking my Mexican hot chocolate and saying goodnight to her I tried to picture myself attending Scripps and it was so easy. I saw myself walking to the Motley to grab a drink, which foreshadowed almost every night of my first year and working as a barista for my second! After first-gen pre-orientation and my first week as a first-year, I felt so welcomed and knew I made the right decision.
My favorite class, so far, has been Psychology of the Chicanx/Latinx with Professor Karina Corona at Pomona. We learned about the unique experiences Latinx people face in America and how that affects our psychology, mental health, etc. This class, and Professor Corona, made me think about life after undergrad and pushed me to want to do graduate school. It was comforting seeing someone who looked like me accomplish all of these great things and be so willing to help me think about my future, so shout out to Professor Corona! I’m also really enjoying a class I’m currently in, Choreographing Our Stories with Professor Suchi Banfman. Stay tuned until the end of the semester to hear about my experience taking an inside-out class (and dance class) for the first time!
If I had to give advice to any prospective student right now, I’d say trust your intuition/gut and really do your research on the schools you’re applying to. I’m so glad I made that whole PowerPoint slide about Scripps to present to my class in ninth grade. Who knew being forced to do a school project would introduce me to the school I’d be attending four years later!
There’s so much more about my experience I’d love to share. Just as the Scripps students helped me figure out if Scripps was the right college for me, I’d love to do the same for you! Check out other blog posts from us too. Feel free to reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to talk!