Arantxa A. Sanchez (She/Her/Hers)
Alumni Network Associate
California State San Marcos, ’18
B.A. in Criminology & Justice
Hometown: San Marcos, CA
One interesting fact about you: I recently started up a small business Hecho Con Amor, all your celebration needs made with love, and a Youtube channel! I love connecting with others!
What I wish I had known when I was in college: There is still time to get involved on campus no matter what year or semester it is! People you connect with during college show once it’s time to graduate and are looking for the next step! And to also find your balance, be your best advocate, and keep up your amazing work, you’re here for a reason!
Brenda Trujillo Sanchez (She/Her/Hers)
College Apps Academy & Alumni Support
University of California Irvine, ’17
B.A. Psychology; B.A. Education Sciences
Hometown: Riverside, CA
One interesting fact about you: I was born in a small pueblo in Morelos, Mexico and immigrated to the US when I was nine.
What I wish I had known when I was in college: I wish I had known that it was okay to ask for help. As a first-generation student, I was a little lost and tried figuring things out on my own. As a result, I didn’t take advantage of the resources UCI had until my 3rd year in college. While I’m grateful for the learning experience, I wish I could’ve learned to advocate for myself much earlier on. Look for the different resources your campus offers and if you need help doing this, know that it’s okay to fall back on your support system as well.