My Wild and Crazy Summer

San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs 2016 Fellows

Summer 2016 has been and will continue to be one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences thus far. I was given the opportunity to simultaneously work for the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs and for the Office of Oakland City Councilmember Noel Gallo, representative of District 5. In addition to working full-time in the bay area during the weekday, on weekends I will be participating in the University of California, Irvine Pre-Law Outreach Program. The weekly overnight commute from Berkeley to Southern California and back is the only downfall about this entire experience.

At the Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs, I work to serve San Francisco’s immigrant communities through a project-based immigrant-serving public organization. Additionally, I will receive leadership development and professional skills training. With Councilmember Noel Gallo’s office, I assist constituents with casework and also plan to do a lot of community engagement and outreach. Although it is just the beginning of my summer, I continue to learn so much about the disadvantaged communities in the bay area and the very important role that local government plays in these people's lives. Often, the things people need to live a dignified life are inaccessible to them, and it is up to government agencies to ensure the proper execution and delivery system of services to these people. As an aspiring future lawyer, I will ensure that communities are receiving the help and services that they are rightfully entitled to.

The UC Irvine Pre-Law Program will allow me to receive exposure to the demands of law school and prepare for the application and admissions process. This program will equip me with the tools needed to be a competitive candidate, to succeed in law school, and to continue to advocate for members of my community through my legal skills.

Despite the weekly commute across California, my summer is filled with exciting and valuable experiences that allow me to be better serve my community.