Mt. Eden High School
Vanessa is a recent college graduate from San Jose State University, earning her BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She was born and raised in Hayward, CA, attending school there from K-12th grade. She takes great pride in her hometown and dreams of raising her own children there one day. Vanessa is a first-generation college student, so she understands the challenges one may face while thinking about, applying to, and attending a “4-year” university. She received tremendous support from advisers and counselors in high school and in college that motivated her to want to do the same for students in similar positions. She has worked with elementary and middle school students as a tutor, counselor, and mentor, but is now excited to work with high school students as they gear up for college. Her hope is that she can inspire and prepare students for a successful future.