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Christina Zuniga

Christina Zuniga

Class of 2018

Hometown: Modesto, CA
Undergraduate: UC Davis
Major: Major Sociology of Law, Minor in Spanish


Christina Zuniga graduated from UC Davis. She then volunteered at Legal Services of Northern California. She was eventually hired to direct a federally funded program called Senior Link, which provides resources to seniors in the community. Originally from the small town of Modesto, she moved to Sacramento at the age of 22.

She chose McGeorge because she wanted to stay close to her family. "They are my everything so moving far away was not an option to me. In addition to my family's support, the school itself has been incredibly supportive of my difficult times. I know I made the right choice."  

Christina had always considered the idea of attending law school. "It was more of a passive dream than an actual reality." After graduating from high school, she began interning at Curtis Legal Group. Because of this experience, she decided to switch her major from Managerial Economics to Sociology of Law. "Learning and taking classes on social injustices and economic disparities definitely influenced my decision to go to law school."

However, the main influence on her decision to attend law school began when she interned at Legal Services. "One of the first cases I worked on dealt with a family that was going to get evicted. I translated for the family. The case was eventually settled. At that moment, I knew that all I wanted to be in life was an attorney."   Christina was able to translate for the family as she is fluent in Spanish. "My first language was actually Spanish. Growing up, I spent many of my summers in Mexico visiting my mom's immediate family."

Christina's time in Mexico has been an imperative part of her personal growth as well. "In the middle of my college career I had a major identity crisis where I had no idea who I was. Here, I identified as Mexican. In Mexico, I was identified as American. I eventually decided to figure out the answer. So, I randomly booked a plane ticket to Mexico on a whim and backpacked as much as I could. I also went parasailing in Zihuatanejo, Mexico. I've now learned to mutually identify myself to both cultures."  

After graduation, Christina hopes to pursue Immigration Law.

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