Overcoming addiction and homelessness herself, Maria Trujillo knew she wanted to be able to help the people in her community. Now studying at Wright College to earn her associate degree, Maria started her higher education path by getting certificates in medical administrative assistance and in addiction studies.

Always involved on campus, Maria is a DACA mentor, she assists and volunteers for the monthly Healthy Student Market, helps with registration, and just is generally always lending a helping hand. In addition to her work on campus, Maria works in Humboldt Park, educating people on topics like diabetes, asthma, and breast cancer, is an HIV tester/counselor, and works for DCFS as a youth care worker for undocumented minors.

Maria is an engaged, enthusiastic student who shows other students that there is always an opportunity to reach any goal you set out for yourself.

After she earns her associate degree, Maria plans to go on to a four-year university to study social work or public health.

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