Wendy Rugerio is a rising sophomore from Queens, NY. Growing up she knew that she wanted to go to college, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy because college wasn’t as accessible to her community. In High School, she didn’t want others to feel alone, so she took advantage of the internship opportunities available to her during her junior and senior year. During this time, she was able to help underclassmen develop the skills needed to successfully transition into a new environment, while exposing them to resources that would get them thinking about college and help them understand that despite being first-generation, low-income, or having undocumented status; they were more than capable and deserving of higher education. She is very passionate about supporting first-generation, low-income, and/or students with undocumented status, so she makes herself accessible to students from her old High School whenever they have concerns about applying to college, financial aid, etc. On campus, she is involved with United for Immigrant Justice (UIJ) and is constantly working towards supporting immigrant communities and immigrant youth. She plans on continuing to support these communities as a BEAST Pre-orientation leader and a Tisch Scholar.