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Summer Sanchez-Cornejo

With a focus on Political Science and a forthcoming minor in Labor Studies, Summer Sanchez-Cornejo's academic pursuits at Irvine Valley College (IVC) have focused on her desire to combat injustices prevalent in her community. 

Summer explains, “After seeing the way my loved ones and many in my community have been taken advantage of by employers, discriminated against by individuals, and persecuted by immigration and customs enforcement (I.C.E.), I want to work for change.” 

Transitioning to the University of California, Riverside, post-IVC, Summer plans to deepen her understanding of political dynamics while engaging in internships to hone her skills and broaden her perspectives. Fortified with aspirations to pursue law school and specialize in immigration law, Summer envisions a future where she advocates tirelessly for marginalized communities, drawing inspiration from organizations like Borderangels and Raices. 

Summer's educational journey began at El Toro High School in Lake Forest. At IVC, she received prestigious scholarships from the Puente Statewide Office and Regents Scholarship from UC Riverside. She served as a student ambassador for the Puente Program and Secretary of the Latinx Student Association, underscoring her commitment to community engagement and empowerment.

Guided by her experiences as a first-generation student and the proud daughter of migrant parents, Summer imparts invaluable advice to future students.

“My advice for a future student is to seek programs and resources like the Puente Program, EOPS, and Promise," says Summer. "As a first-generation student coming into community college, I was completely unaware of this system but with these programs I have been able to succeed in many aspects of my life, whether it is academically or in my personal life. I have been able to connect with many faculty, counselors, professors, and staff at Irvine Valley College. With this immense support system I have been provided with resources and opportunities that would change and shape the entirety of my life. It is so important to have a village that can provide you with so much support, especially as a first-generation student."