Crissel’s essay was inspirational and beautifully written. She aspires to be “an activist in the politics of change” and has devoted much of her life and education in movements for ‘women’s empowerment, immigrant rights, economic development, and advocacy for working-class people”. Crissel is now enrolled in the International Studies graduate program at Chapman University where she is studying “…how immigrants in traditional gateway cities are faring in comparison to those who have moved to other regions.” She writes, “I am particularly interested in how rising economic inequalities affect educational systems and ethnic relationships at home and abroad.”
Her intelligence, selflessness, and obvious drive will no doubt allow her success in her chosen career as a Policy Analyst and advocate for social and political change with a humanitarian institution.
The six finalists – Jessica An, Jacqueline Basulto, Eliza Escobedo, Jordanna Fonseca, Crissel Rodriguez, and Javier Valerio – were selected from thousands of other applicants for their dedication to learning, desire to make a positive impact on the world, and how their incredible stories have helped mold their future career paths. Choosing one winner was an incredibly difficult decision considering the exceptional student applicants and quality of their essays.
We want to thank our site visitors and all who voted to help us select a winner. The support shown through positive comments left for these students affirms both their career paths and the wonderful impact they already have on the lives of others.