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Jackie Hernandez  (she/her)

College Counselor


Jackie is a first-generation college graduate who was born and raised in Denver. Her family moved here from Mexico with dreams of their children one day speaking English. She went on to attend Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. There she received her BA in English and began teaching English at her former high school. After one year of teaching English, she was introduced to the world of college access and discovered her true passion. Higher education was a subject that was hardly brought up in her home due to a lack of resources. Thanks to so much support from outside programs and college counselors, her and her family were able to understand the college application process. 

Jackie’s parents always taught her the importance of building relationships and understanding people’s needs. She truly enjoys building connections and ensuring that she is serving the community in whatever way possible. Jackie also works with organizations such as Aquetza summer program and Outward Bound to ensure students are receiving all of the opportunities they deserve. 

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, baking, and trying new coffee shops! 

Favorite College Experience: "Engaging in class discussions was my absolute favorite part of college. I didn’t understand how much one could learn from their peers until experiencing discussion based learning. An amazing bond is created between students and professors after reading and sharing real reflections."

Advice for High School and College Students: "Always remember how deserving you are of every opportunity offered to you. Take the time to get to know yourself, this way you will find true purpose and meaning in life. Also, don’t be afraid to enjoy yourself - college is one of the best times in your life!"

Favorite Food: "I love Mexican food, especially eating at my mom’s or grandma’s houses. I am also a big fan of Korean BBQ and Hot Pot!"

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