San Francisco State UniversityTrustee Emerita Claudia H. Hampton Scholar
Marisa Samano Jimison has overcome many obstacles, including the stress of chronic mental illness within the family which negatively affected her home life and her high school studies. Yet, Marisa remembers her mother instilling in her at a young age appreciation for the importance of education and always doing your best.
With these values, Marisa persevered. Following a life path which including transferring to a continuation school and becoming a hairstylist, Marisa eventually enrolled at San Francisco State University.
Marisa is now pursuing a dual bachelor’s degree in English education and Spanish with a minor in comparative literature. She is also the first in her mother's family to go to college.
After graduation, Marisa plans on becoming a high school teacher or college professor so that she can work with urban and immigrant youth.