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Cristhian P.

Cristhian P.

University of California, Berkeley

Bachelor In Spanish and Portuguese

What has been the biggest overall lesson that going to college has taught you?

The impossible can become possible with hard work and resilience

What did you learn about yourself?

I'm capable to do more than I thought.

Rate your experience
at college:
2020 & 2021 were extremely challenging under the confinement and constant menace of the Covid-19 pandemic. Hopefully there were some silver lining and lessons learned.
Tell us about the highlights or accomplishments of this academic year 2020/21, in spite of all!

I was able to graduate despite the set backs due to Covid-19.

Thinking of the whole 4 years, what were the greatest challenges you faced? How did you overcome them?

Financial setbacks and independence hit me hard as the price of living skyrocketed in the Bay Area.

What were your proudest accomplishments or highlights from attending college?

I'm proud to have had the opportunity to prioritize myself

If you could go back in time 4 years ago, what would you tell your 18 year old self? If you could do-over, what would you do differently?

Enjoy the college experience as it happens once in a life time

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

Enjoy your college experience, and try to avoid family issues.

Now that you have graduated, have you formulated any new short term / long term goals?

I'm currently applying for Teach for America. In a couple of weeks I will be certain if I qualify for teaching K-8 this fall. I am planning to continue to Graduate School next year or as soon as possible.

How did being a Bella Scholar contribute to the success of achieving your goals?

Being part of the organization helped me so much. Bella staff were always there for me to support me emotionally and financially, which helped me a lot. I'm grateful to be part of the organization, despite all of the struggles that I faced while being a first generation student.

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