First Generation Firsts

First in their family: from graduate, to homeowner, to building generational wealth, Summer Searchers break new ground

Karla’s high school counselors discouraged her from applying to schools like Boston College because they did not think she would get in. Karla’s response to that was “being the Summer Searcher that I am, I’m going to apply anyway.” So she did… and she got accepted with a full-ride scholarship! In 2008, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston College, before going on to get a Masters in Public Administration from Baruch College. She followed her passion to Washington, DC, and now works for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI), an organization that inspires young Latinos to work in government and policy.