Malena Castillo is a first-generation college graduate who aims to inspire the students she works with to unapologetically chase their educational goals. Born and raised in the south side of San Antonio, she graduated from Harlandale High School in 2011 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin in 2015. She then served for two years as a college advisor with Advise TX, working with students at John B. Connally High School in Austin, Texas. Starting in the 2017-18 academic year, Malena will serve as a GEAR UP college preparation advisor for Edgewood ISD. She can't wait to change the lives of her students through college access!