Meet Sofia Ocegueda
Psychology major and Hispanic Studies minor, on the Pre-Med track.
Involvements on Campus: I’m involved with a lot of mentoring programs, including SOAR, a mentoring program for middle-school Latinos, and NC Sli, a mentoring program for Latino high schoolers. I feel like it’s important to give back to the community and give back the knowledge you acquired, and just let other students know that it’s possible to become a Tar Heel.
Carolina Opportunities: I am a Covenant scholar, and the program really helped me out. They reach out and give advice if you’re feeling troubles here academically. I just had lunch with my advisor at Top of the Hill, and it was really nice talking to him and just telling him what I’m going through to go into the classroom with more confidence.
There’s also work-study, so if you want to work here, it’s definitely possible. I am a research assistant at UNC Hospitals in the Pediatrics division. You get experience interacting with doctors, interacting with other students that may be in the medical field, and learning about research and fields that you may be interested in.
Why Carolina: I chose Carolina because I felt like it was a family, and I wanted to be a part of that Tar Heel spirit. I felt like as a Latina, my story was going to be heard. When I came to visit for the first time, I enjoyed seeing that all the minorities were somehow involved. That’s why I wanted to come here, because I would feel included, and not just put in a separate little circle.
Carolina College Advising Corps Adviser Veronica Trujillo-Cuadrado was recently honored to welcome UNC President Margaret Spellings to Graham High School, where President Spellings had a chance to hear from students on ways to improve college access. We were very appreciative of her interest in the Corps. To learn more, please see a recent article in the Burlington Times-News.
As a follow-up to this event, we’d like to update you on the progress of the Corps in the area. So far this year, CCAC advisers have met with 85% of the senior class of the three area schools (Graham, Williams, and Cummings) in one-on-one interactions. In collaboration with teachers and counselors, almost 75% of seniors have submitted an application to a 4- or 2- year institution. In other great news, the advisers have greatly increased FAFSA submissions. As of Feb 24, students have already surpassed the number of FAFSAs that were submitted last year.
Stay posted to this blog for more news on the exciting work of the Carolina College Advising Corps.