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I Found My Niche at the University of California – San Diego

Marysol stands outside among palm trees. She wears jeans and a yellow t-shirt that says "UCSD." Marysol smiles at the camera and holds the bottom of her shirt.

Student Name: Marysol Valdez

School: University of California – San Diego

Major: Undeclared

“Hello! My name is Marysol Valdez and I am a freshman at University of California San Diego! I am in Muir College and am an undeclared major. Our school takes many precautions to avoid spreading COVID-19 with social distancing guidelines as well as weekly COVID-19 testing. UCSD’s campus is absolutely stunning with many murals, statues and scenery; my favorite is the view of the ocean right outside my building. I have had very positive experiences when trying to receive help from my professors and TA’s; the staff works hard to make sure you succeed at UCSD. Even though the school is known for being ‘UC Socially Dead,’ I have made amazing friends here and have made such good memories so far.⁠⁠
Being a first-generation college student can be difficult, especially when a barrier such as COVID-19 restricts you from joining organizations or participating in events (in-person), but UCSD has given me many opportunities to become involved on campus. I am currently involved in the Triton Community Leadership Institute (TCLI), which is a mentorship program for first-generation students to learn and grow at UCSD. UC San Diego also holds many Zoom events featuring special guests, such as political activist Angela Davis, award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera, and many more.⁠⁠
Outside of the university, I intern at a non-profit law firm in San Diego to help grow my knowledge in the field of law as well as gain exposure for future career paths. I also devote time to community organizing and activism within San Diego county as well with national organizations (Women’s March, Brown Issues, Daughters of the American Revolution, etc.).⁠⁠
My experience at UCSD has been unforgettable and I can’t wait to continue learning and growing at this university that I am proud to call home.”⁠⁠ – @maryvaldezzz

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