Growing up in a poor single-parent household in Compton, Asja Hall
often had to study by candlelight and do without dinner. At 16, her
situation became more challenging when she had a child.
However, Asja didnt give up on education. She completed her
high school diploma, but then struggled while pursuing vocational
training in computer software. Later, after regaining her confidence,
she returned to Cerritos College, and developed an interest in
psychology and mental health. She ultimately transferred to
California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she earned a
bachelors degree in human services and public administration.
Asja is currently working on a masters degree in social work at
CSU Dominguez Hills. She is a work-study student on campus,
a Graduate Equity Fellowship recipient, and a volunteer at
Assemblywoman Holly Mitchells office. After graduation, Asja plans
to advocate for mental health practitioners to serve seniors; she is
concerned about the lack of resources available for those like her
grandmother who have Alzheimers.