My name is Marilyn and I am a fourth year at UCLA studying Psychology. I came to the U.S from Nicaragua at the age of 12. In Nicaragua I lived a very privileged life, as the daughter of a doctor and a business owner. My life changed dramatically once I moved to the U.S, my parents divorced, and my mom struggled to pay for rent, food, and bills.
During high school I graduated top 3 in my class, I took several AP classes, was a leader and an athlete. At UCLA, I am an advocate and leader for immigrant rights, I am a researcher, I believe in service to the community, and I struggle to stay in school due to my immigration status. In the near future I hope to become a doctor, a leader and an advocate for health care, in particular mental health.