The Post-El Rancho Experience

By Jesse Enrique Sanchez

During my time at El Rancho High School, I found myself constantly attending college essay workshops hosted by Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera.

As an aspiring first-generation college student and first-generation U.S. citizen, no one in my family could assist me with what I needed so I had to seek out opportunities for college student applications on my own. Without the extensive assistance that G1DPR provided me, I may not have been as successful as I am now.

I am currently majoring in History and Political Science at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, with minors in European Studies, Latin American Studies, International Relations, Russian Language and Literature.

I belong to four programs pertaining to undergraduate research and interdisciplinary academics at Cornell: the McNair, Rawlings, OADI, and College Scholar Programs. In addition, I am an editor for the Cornell International Affairs Review and Cornell Historical Society journal, Ezra’s Archives, and serve as the Political Chair for MEChA de Cornell.

I strive for an academic experience that is challenging, diverse, and positive. I understand the necessity and importance of a rich undergraduate experience, more so than I ever did in high school, as a result of the intellectual and personal experiences I’ve had here at Cornell. I realize that if it weren’t for my strong college application essays, my achievements and possibilities would have been much more limited.

In the future, I look forward to taking this knowledge and serving as a faculty member for a university History department, in order to fulfill my life-long goal of educating and sharing my knowledge with young minds. To Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera and all those who have aided me in my journey, I say thank you.