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Hometown: Salinas, California
School: California State University, Sacramento
Major: Spanish
Placement: The Office of Rep. Jimmy Panetta

Angelina was born in Watsonville, California but grew up in Castroville, a small town in Monterey County where the majority of the population is Latinx and works in the agricultural industry. Angelina is an only child and the first in her family to attend a four-year institution. Both of her parents are farm workers and work long hours harvesting crops such as lettuce, artichokes, and strawberries.

She is currently a first-year student at Sacramento State majoring in Spanish. Angelina is part of the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), a federally funded program designed to serve first-year students that come from migrant and seasonal farm working backgrounds. Being part of this program provides her with a family-like atmosphere where she can be herself as she is surrounded by peers and staff members who share similar backgrounds and similar fears and self-doubts. In the future, she hopes to develop programs and services that improve the living conditions of farmworkers and the educational opportunities of their children. Her goal is to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Spanish and serve as CAMP director to continue to serve students in need of academic guidance.

As a CHCI Intern, Angelina hopes to gain experience and knowledge that will help her achieve her goals and give back to her community. She believes this internship will help her learn from her mistakes, take notes from others, and succeed in all possible ways.