Meet Our Near-Peer Ambassadors: Mia Cacho
During the 2023-24 school year, the Richmond Promise College Access Team will be joined in its work by Near-Peer Ambassadors. These members of our team are current RP Scholars who assist in the execution of in-classroom programming in local high schools. We are pleased to introduce you to one of our 2023-24 Ambassadors, Mia.
Q: First, some basic info. Tell us your name, current school, the high school you graduated from and your major (or intended field of study):
A: My name is Mia Cacho. I attended De Anza High School and was class of 2021. I currently attend UC Berkeley as a Public Health major.
Q: What are you most looking forward to about being an RP Near-Peer Ambassador and what are you hoping to get from the experience?
A: As an RP Near-Peer Ambassador, I am eagerly anticipating the opportunity to connect with students and offer them guidance throughout their college and career journey. Being able to share my experiences, insights, and knowledge with these ambitious individuals is a prospect that truly excites me. I am particularly looking forward to being a source of support for students, helping them navigate the intricacies of the college application process, assisting them in exploring various career paths, and providing valuable advice on how to make informed decisions about their future.
Q: If you were going to give advice to a high school senior about going through the college application process, what would it be?
A: While the college application process can be stressful and uncertain, it’s important to maintain a positive mindset and trust in your efforts. Remember that the hard work, dedication, and perseverance you have put in throughout your academic journey have equipped you with valuable skills and experiences that will serve you well in the future, regardless of the outcome of the application process.
Q: What’s the best part about being in college/what should a high school senior look forward to?
A: One of the most exhilarating aspects of college life is the opportunity to connect with a diverse community of like-minded individuals who share your passions, interests, and ambitions. College campuses often foster an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, creativity, and collaboration, providing you with a platform to interact with peers who can broaden your perspectives and inspire you to explore new ideas.
Moreover, college offers a wealth of resources and opportunities that may not have been readily available in high school. You’ll have access to advanced research facilities, specialized libraries, state-of-the-art laboratories, and various academic support services that can help you delve deeper into your chosen field of study. The freedom to select from a wide range of courses and disciplines allows you to customize your educational journey, enabling you to pursue subjects that genuinely ignite your curiosity and passion.
Q: What are you most looking forward to after college?
A: After college, I am most looking forward to applying the knowledge and skills I have acquired to make a meaningful impact in the professional world of public health. I am excited about the prospect of contributing to my chosen field, utilizing my education and experiences to solve real-world challenges, and making a positive difference in the lives of others. Moreover, I am eager to continue learning and growing professionally, embracing new opportunities for personal development and career advancement.