January 29, 2015
As an undocumented immigrant who moved to California from Mexico as a child, Bianca Rodriguez expected that navigating college would be a challenge, both financially and emotionally. So it was the presence of the Undocumented Student Program that drew Rodriguez to the University of California, Berkeley, where she is now a sophomore.
The 19-year-old has found the resource center for students who are not in the US legally so helpful that she has become an academic counselor there. “If I know I have a place where I feel like nobody will judge me,” Rodriguez says, “it becomes easier for me to not only focus on school, but I know I have that support.”