Intercultural Relations

Sophia Chen

Hometown

Huehuetenango, Guatamala

Why did you choose Lake Forest College?

The size of the student body and the location were the main drivers when taking my decision. I believe that a small community can build stronger bonds among its members.

What do you advocate for?

Environmental Justice, Racial equality, Indigenous people's rights, gender equality, LGBTQI+ rights, Immigrants rights.

Why did you decide to be a First Connection Mentor?

I participated as a mentee last year, and was amazed by the efforts of my mentors to help me transition smoothly to college life. So, I would really like to give back by helping other new students who may be underrepresented in the US-American higher education system.

Advice for incoming students

New beginnings can be hard and scary but remember that you are not alone in the process,
and help may come from many places, even from the ones you least expect.