Monument Crisis Center

Helping Those on the Margins

Growing up in Sanger, a small community in Fresno County, Sabrina Santos ’14 wasn’t sure if going to a four-year university was a possibility, much less if she even wanted to attend school. “I knew I wanted to get out and explore something new,” Santos said. But, she admits that going to a community college was her initial aspiration.

Motivation from her extended family—her mom is one of 14, her dad one of 13—encouraged her to reach higher. She did, and in 2010 she enrolled at Saint Mary as part of a cohort of first-generation-to-college students in SMC’s High Potential Program.