[Vanessa]Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Major: Sociology & Spanish 

Minor: Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Research Topic:  The sociological and psychological dimensions of youth participation in gang activities through personal interviews.

Future goals:  Getting accepted to graduate school in California is my main goal. I would like to teach Spanish and open a non-profit organization helping troubled children in the Los Angeles area. I also want to study abroad in South America and explore the lifestyles, economic conditions and cultural differences and compare them to those of the United States.  At the present moment though the main focus is to graduate from Beloit!