First-Generation College Student Regina Leon to Major in Drama

Monday, June 29, 2015
REFLEJOS (ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS) -- Regina Leon, 17, will begin classes at San Francisco State University in the fall, where she plans to study theatre and Drama. She is the first in her family to attend college. On a balmy afternoon in late May high school senior Leon is preparing to give her portfolio defense. A keystone of her graduation, Leon plans to discuss topics as wide ranging as “The Great Gatsby,” fashion legend Coco Chanel and abortion before a panel of teachers and school administrators. The daughter of immigrants from Nicaragua, Leon says her choice of topics — particularly abortion — stems in part from her aspirations to become an actress. “Coming from such a traditional family, it was difficult for me to understand [the debate]. But as an actress, I’m open to learning everything,” Leon explains. “I may have to play a role that I don’t agree with and I have to understand both sides.”