Patricia Calderon

Class of 2021


ABOUT Patricia

Patricia is actively involved in an organization she co-founded that is dedicated to environmental education and activism called the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Education. She is a member of her school’s Student Council, National Honor Society, Latino Unidos, and Ecology Club and she plays in her school’s wind ensemble band. She lives in the Midway / Clearing neighborhood of Chicago.

Her story...

When Patricia Calderon heads to college next summer, she will be the first person in her family to attend college. As a first-generation American and soon-to-be first-generation college student, Patricia knew she wanted to go to college but didn’t know where to begin in the confusing admissions process. Then she found out about Chicago Scholars. 

“I decided to apply to Chicago Scholars because I knew they could give me the resources I needed to be successful in my college journey. As a first-generation student, my parents can’t offer much guidance in the college process. Chicago Scholars really gave me the help I needed reach my full potential.” 

Following a busy summer and fall of college counseling sessions, application workshops and meetings with her mentors, Patricia completed applications to Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Pitzer College, Amherst College, and Colby College and interviewed with all of them at the Onsite Admissions Forum in October.

In college, Patricia plans to pursue environmental studies and environmental science. She believes that climate change is one of the most urgent issues facing the world today. Her passion for sustainability led her to co-found the Chicago Youth Alliance for Climate Education, which she helps lead after school and hopes to develop further after graduating college. She can’t wait to get to college to dive even deeper into environmental studies. She is also eager to just be on campus! 

“I’m most excited to begin a new adventure in a new place with new people, studying something I really love.”