Karla Barrón is a rising Senior at USC double-majoring in Sociology and Contemporary Latino and Latin American Studies. She is from a small city in Southeast Los Angeles called Cudahy, CA, where the majority of residents identify as working-class, Latino immigrants. Throughout her time in college she has become deeply involved in working in the field of education. She has especially focused on preparing students from her high school for the transition to college by hosting workshops and giving them one-on-one help. Last summer, she participated in the USC Research Gateway Scholars program and studied the college-to-career transition for first-generation Latina students at USC. She has also worked in Student Affairs as a Resident Assistant on campus and will do so again this coming school year. Karla spent the past semester studying abroad in Nicaragua and completed an independent research project that focused on the perceptions of public education in Nicaragua. She is unsure about the direction of her post-grad plans, however she would like to pursue a degree in the field of education or public policy, complete a research/teaching fellowship, or work within public education. As a first-generation college student, her goal is to work toward improving access to higher education for people who come from disadvantaged backgrounds and lack the necessary resources and support to succeed within higher education institutions.