Born and raised in Lamont Bakersfield, Vargas moved to Stockton six years ago to attend the University of the Pacific.
It was during a study abroad program at Lima, Peru where Vargas renewed her interest in the public service.
“I was able to do a little more soul searching and figure out what I really liked, I volunteered at a girls` shelter, called ‘Mundo Libre’ (free world) and I really enjoyed it… it was the highlight of my trip.”
“I wanted them to know that there is hope still and that they didn’t have to give up, that they could still follow their dreams.”
Currently Vargas works as a as a Development Coordinator, for Charterhouse Center for Families, where she has the opportunity to work directly with families and the community.
Every young person needs an inspiration, needs support, needs love, says Vargas, as she hopes to provide that for others through her community involvement.
As the valedictorian of her high school, who is now pursuing a master’s degree in public administration, education has always been important, says Vargas.
“My mom instilled all of my educational goals and values.”
Although Vargas`s mother past away the month she graduated from University of the Pacific, she strives become a strong woman, like her mom was.
And every time she now talks about her mother, her eyes light up in a very unique way, as she remembers her mother`s ability to always see the brighter side of things.
“Without her I wouldn’t be able to be where I am today, “added Vargas.
Vargas graduated from Pacific with a degree in Spanish Literature. “Literature, allows me to express my experiences and relate to different authors and different events through history.”
Literature has also strengthened her Mexican cultural background.