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Sonia’s story

Sonia has always been an overachiever.

In high school she was one of the top honor students. She would stay late into the evening for after school programs, and organized events like the first annual breast cancer walk.

But senior year when her circle of friends were planning and plotting who they were going to dorm with in college, Sonia knew she had to stay home to go to school.

Today Sonia is in her junior year of college, has 3 majors, a full scholarship and is a budding activist.

Hear Sonia’s story below.


  1. Taina Collazo
    Posted January 30, 2010 at 9:47 am | #

    We support you and all the students that are struggling to make a life for themselves, and your families who have come here seeking to find access to basic human rights.

  2. Posted May 22, 2011 at 3:26 am | #

    Thanks for sharing the info.

  3. Posted June 18, 2011 at 3:51 am | #

    Karina Carrillo Marina Casillas and Sonia Ortega l to r relax during a recent misty morning on the Los Angeles Valley College campus. I was surprised that I had to take so many English classes over they won t even count as college credit for two years. .The experience of Carrillo and her classmates Sonia Ortega and Mariana Casillas at their two-year college reflects a graduation crisis at community colleges one that President Barack Obama addressed at a White House summit earlier this week. Cerritos College in Norwalk is creating a weeklong summer program in which students receive advice about courses as well as tips about how to be successful students.. If we re serious if the president is serious about raising the completion rate you can t do that unless you figure out how to get students in the community colleges ready to take on college-level work said Mary Perry a deputy director at EdSource an independent nonprofit research group..Sonia Ortega an 18-year-old freshman at Los Angeles Valley College said she wishes she d known what to expect on the placement exam.

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