The pandemic has changed higher education for students across the world. During this panel, students and their families will have the opportunity to listen to the challenges, accomplishments, and advice from current college students and how they have navigated their educational journey throughout the pandemic, whether taking courses on campus or online. Our goal is for students and their families to consider their options as we shift into a “new normal.” In addition, we highly recommend parents and guardians attend this session to learn about the types of support they can offer their students.

Mireyari Pacheco (Moderator)

2021 High School Graduate, Reseda Charter High School

Attending Cal State University, Sonoma

Mireyari Pacheco is a recent high school graduate from Reseda Charter High School and will be attending Cal State University, Sonoma, in Fall 2021, where she will study Computer Science. In the past, Mireyari has struggled to find support, but Reseda Charter High School made a difference for her. Some extracurricular activities that she has been a part of include NJROTC, Exploring Computer Science, Drama, Chinese, and Cross Country. Mireyari’s interests include going on hikes, runs, and camping. Her goal in life is to own a horse business and become successful in life. Since the 8th grade, Mireyari has been involved in community service, which led her to love being a part of community work because not only is she able to help her community, but she is growing and learning as a person.

Alyssa Ibarrola (she/her) 

Mount Saint Mary’s University, First-Year

Alyssa Ibarrola is an immigrant from the Philippines who is passionate about engaging in conversations about equity and intersectionality. She is currently a first-year student studying to become a nurse at Mount Saint Mary’s University. Through her work in student-led organizations, she developed a desire to obtain deeper intel on the problems disadvantaged communities face with healthcare and education. Occasionally, Alyssa likes to play tennis, knit, and host concerts on her magnificent stage: the shower.

Anthony Chavez

University of California, Berkeley

My name is Anthony and I just graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology. I attended Rio Hondo Community College before transferring to UC Berkeley as a junior. I persevered through the rigorous coursework by changing my study techniques and asking numerous questions in class and office hours. I am highly passionate in mentoring students about the college journey. I have been working with the Los Angeles California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) as a Student Success Coach since I started college in 2016. My dream is to enroll in medical school to become a neurosurgeon. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing,  running around my neighborhood, and listening to 80s music (my favorite era of music).

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