In 2015, 15-year-old Mariana Soto Sanchez woke up one morning with weakness in her hand. Within minutes, the feeling had spread throughout her body, and by the time she got to the hospital, she had total paralysis. She later found out she had a rare disorder called transverse myelitis. Six years later, Mariana has regained some mobility and will graduate from UC Berkeley in December 2021 with a degree in media studies and a minor in journalism. She says she continues to learn how to advocate for herself in a world that isn’t built for her.