Virgo Villajin

Just In Time for Foster Youth.
I immigrated from the Philippines in 2000 and transferred to San Diego State University from Fullerton College in 2015 and recently graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. One of my long-term goals is to obtain a master’s degree in Higher Education and promote the success of former foster youth in underrepresented fields such as biology. I also hope that my impact on others will lead them to embrace their experience and celebrate their achievements. I invested my time at SDSU as a voice to empower peers in the former foster youth community and, through student leadership positions in SDSU’s Guardian Scholars program and Delta Lambda Phi, a fraternity for gay men, I learned how to represent my community and love my intersecting identities. My passion for leadership stems from a desire to establish brave spaces for peers that are inclusive and encourages them to share their experiences. Originally, I was only drawn to Just in Time for the physical resources, but I quickly learned the impact that can be created by a team with a shared vision. This impact motivated me to leave my previous employment as a dialysis technician and join the revolution that is changing the perception of foster care success.

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