Jennifer Begay '21
My name is Jennifer Begay and I am a junior majoring in Biochemistry. I am a first-generation college student from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a co-chair of the Native American Student Union (NASU) and am involved in the Bioscience Outreach Club that works with elementary school students. I have also played trumpet for the Concert Band. During my free time, I love to watch spoken word, play basketball, and take photographs. When I first came to campus, the concept of being away from home was intimidating to me, and Bridge became a family that I can count on for anything. I can’t wait to get to know the incoming Bridge Scholars, and I look forward to helping students find their home at CC.
Isaak Belongia '21
My name is Isaak Belongia and I am a Questbridge Scholar from Omaha, Nebraska. I am a Music and German double major. I have participated in several music ensembles on campus, and have hosted radio shows with the Sounds of Colorado College, as well as with the KRCC. In my time at CC I have also participated in several study abroad opportunities, including to Germany and Azerbaijan for language studies. I have also been able to find a new passion for darkroom photography through classes with the Bemis School of Art. Participating in the Bridge program was perhaps the best decision I've made at CC, as it provided me with a circle of friends that I can rely on through the ups and downs of CC life. Forming these connections was incredibly important to finding a sense of place on campus, and I look forward to being a part of that experience for a new class of students.
John Capers '21
John Capers, affectionately called Capers, is a senior Political Science/German Studies double major. He is from inner city Chicago, Illinois in Little Italy, and he is a first-generation, low-income student. Capers has a strong history of community engagement. For example, he has served on the Outreach Committee in Student Government for two years, has been on the Curriculum Executive Committee, and have helped to establish the Noble Network of Chicago’s Noble Alumni Association. He loves discussing culture, race, politics, mental and emotional health, and traveling and he likes to bake and cook(free meal?!).
Always know that Capers is open to discussing any topics of college, campus life, and he will be there to answer any questions, curiosities, or even find new ones! He only wants to help you find your best self and your way of making college the best experience possible. Never hesitate to ask him anything, if he doesn’t know, he’ll find someone who does know.
Devin Cata '22
Hi everyone! My name is Devin Cata, and I am from Pueblo, Colorado. I am a junior majoring in Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies (REMS). I'm considering to double major in Sociology, as well. I am involved with the Native American Student Union (NASU) on campus. I also enjoy leading trips with the Outdoor Education Center, especially the NSO Priddy Trip. I also have experience as a Public Achievement Coach, and I currently work at the campus call center. During my free time, I like to play spike ball on Tava Quad, make puzzles at the library, and go hiking with friends. Participating in the Bridge Program has provided me with a lot of support, opportunities, and a great transition into CC, and I look forward to facilitating that same process with my mentees.
Noella Garcia-Soberanez '22
Hi everyone! My name is Noella, and I am from Albuquerque, NM. I am a junior majoring in Psychology and I plan to minor in Human Biology and Kinesiology. At CC I have worked as a Public Achievement Coach at North Middle School and Mitchell High School, and as a research assistant for the Psychology Department through the Pathways to SCoRe Program. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring nature and Colorado Springs, journaling, and photography. Bridge was one of the best experiences I have had on campus, and it has provided me with a good transition into CC and a strong and supportive community. I am very excited to be a part of the program again, as a mentor.
Avia Hailey '22
Avia Hailey is a Sophomore majoring in Environmental Science with a double minor in Education and Feminist & Gender Studies. She is originally from the great state of New York, but loves her new Colorado home. She is involved in several things on campus. She is an Admissions fellow, a Public Achievement Coach at North Middle School, Co-chair of the Education Coalition, Treasurer of BSU, a member of SOMOS, and a student caller at Dialogue the campus call center. She is a Bridge Scholar and looks forward to being a mentor this year. She wants to support and guide incoming students just as she was as the try to “bridge” the gap between high-school and college.
Isa Hussain '20
Isa Hussain is a current junior with an IDM-Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies major and a minor in biochemistry. He is a First Generation Guyanese American from Miami. On campus, he is involved with the Admissions Office, the Collaborative for Community Engagement, Theatre, and the Muslim Student Association, among other things - honestly just ask him and he'd be happy to talk about the things he likes (or dislikes) about CC. Of all the programs at CC, the Bridge Scholars Program has been his favorite, and he is very excited to be able to contribute to it as a mentor. Things to know about him right off the bat: he's very much an extrovert; he has kind of a lot of opinions (well formed and informed); and he wants to be a resource for his mentees no matter what they are doing.
Chidera Ikpeamarom '22
Hi Everyone! My name is Chidera Ikpeamarom and I am Questbridge Scholar from Marietta, Georgia. I’m a Sophomore here at CC and am currently undeclared, but I think I am going to be a Computer Science major and Music minor. I am in Ellement, CC’s Femme+ A Capella group, and chamber choir, so if you are interested in singing at CC feel free to talk to me about it! I am also newly involved in the Outdoor Recreation Office and hope to lead some outdoor trips specifically for Bridge Scholars and POC! I absolutely loved being a part of the Bridge Scholars Program last year and can’t wait to meet you all and help introduce you to life at CC! See you soon!
Dolma Rabgay '22
Dolma Rabgay is a sophomore that is considering a major in either Psychology or Molecular Biology. She was born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico. During her first year at CC, she has worked as a research assistant for the psychology department through the Pathways to SCoRe program and as a peer coach at North Middle and Mitchell High School. Her passion for mentoring and social justice has led her to start the Education Coalition, a club dedicated to helping the youth in the Colorado Springs community. She can honestly say that she would have not made it through her first-year without her mentors, who have set a great example for her. She hopes to do the same for her mentees and is excited to give back to the program that has given her so much.
Flor Vargas '23
Flor Vargas is a first-generation Latinx student at Colorado College. Although she was born in Mexico, Flor has lived most of her life in North Texas. She found Colorado College through the Questbridge Program and is a proud Questbridge Scholar! She will be an upcoming sophomore. While she is still undeclared, she is interested in pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Southwest Studies. Outside of academics, Flor serves as the secretary of SOMOS and will be an ambassador for the admissions office this upcoming year. The Bridge Scholars Program made the college transition for Flor seamless and helped her meet her best friends! She absolutely loved her Bridge experience and cannot wait to take on the role of a mentor.
Danny Zamudio '21
Danny Zamudio is a first-generation Latinx student at Colorado College. He was born and raised on the south side of Chicago which he loves despite the bitter cold. He will be a junior this upcoming school year and plans to major in Psychology and minor in Education. At CC I serve as the Outreach Coordinator of SOMOS, Junior Head of State, a Public Achievement Coach, the Co-Chair of the 32% club which is space organized to be a space to discuss socioeconomic issues and come up with tangible solutions for improving the lives of students. When he is not involved in a club or working a the Dialogue Center, Danny enjoys writing music, poetry, dance, intramural soccer, aerial silks, running long distance, and being in the outdoors. I am extremely exited to meet my mentees and be a guide through this often times tumultuous transition period.