- Hometown: Mesa, Arizona
- High School: Mountain View
- Partner Program: Be a Leader Foundation
- University: Arizona State University
- Major: Business Law
- Graduation: Spring 2018
- Ethnicity: Hispanic
Did you hear the one about the immigration lawyer who plays the violin brilliantly? No, it’s not a joke. This is the story of 20 year old Crystal Perez who has played the violin for much of her life and is pursuing her dream of becoming an immigration lawyer to help people like her parents.
Crystal explains that she is inspired to help others deal with the struggles her parents endured emigrating from Mexico to the U.S., “My motivation comes directly from my family. The thing with me is that I think about where my family came from, which is basically nothing. I don’t take anything I have today for granted.”
Born and raised in Mesa, Crystal graduated from Mountain View High School and went on to earn a scholarship from College Success Arizona. Now a sophomore pursuing a degree in Business Law at Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, Crystal expects to graduate in May 2018 and then head to law school.
Beyond the law, Crystal has a passion for playing the violin, “I joined the orchestra in the fourth grade and ever since then I’ve been playing the violin. I played at my high school graduation and I didn’t want to stop playing there so I started practicing afterwards – practicing different Mariachi’s after I graduated. It’s something I really enjoy doing on the side.”
Crystal’s list of performing credits includes the acclaimed group “Mariachi Mexico Nuevo.”