My Grandmother made sure to wake me up every morning to haul me of to school where I would meet my loving, devoted teachers and coaches. With their help I left John Edgar Howard elementary school with a strong head on my shoulders, and the devotion to strive for more. I had to move to a different elementary school because John Edgar Howard Elementary ended up being closed, because of the rough neighborhood. I then, attended Bradbury Heights; a school that I didn’t know existed. I was never exposed to many different neighborhoods, or opportunities.
This is the reason why I had a long enduring battle to be able to speak a new language and unstable academic performance throughout my college career. During Spring Quarter of 2017, I had the opportunity to volunteer in a program called Conversation Partner Program through my diversity study class. In this program, I conversed with my partner, who was new in the United States, on a weekly basis. Each week, we talked about our cultures, interests, and hobbies. As this program helped my partner practice English, it also helped me gain self-esteem and confidence to express myself openly about what my academic and personal challenges were to the people who know me best.
Ever since I was young I had wanted and made it my goal to one day attend the University of Washington. I grew up coming to the campus with my parents and faithfully wearing purple every game day but as I grew older my educational paths and my career paths changed and I no longer had the same goals that 10-year-old me had. I have always valued my education and I am very blessed to be able to study what I want and ultimately fall into a career that I will spend my whole life doing and loving every minute of it. The past few years of my life, my emotional and physical capabilities have been challenged due to my choice in academic paths, I have experienced failure but I learned how to get back up and start again. In high school, I participated
My ultimate endeavor since attending community college has been my involvement in school, specifically with Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. As an engineering major I am limited to a diminutive amount of free time, due to the quantity and difficulty of my classes. However, this limitation and the fact that my ride to school is a two hour trip on public transportation, has not stopped me from participating in extracurricular activities. Applying my time management and responsibility skills that I acquired from taking several math base classes at the same time, I managed to become a member of clubs and attain leadership roles. I first became the Vice President of Service, for Phi Theta Kappa and organized service events on campus and outside of campus.
Eventually I got introduced into the real world my senior year, and my stress felt like it had doubled. I was constantly pressured into figuring out what college I wanted to earn my major in, along with family obligations, my job, and paying my bills. I desperately wanted to go back to having a carefree life of having zero obligations, unfortunately my circumstances didn't allow it. Now that I'm actually starting college, I now realize all of the problems that every other college student had to go through. Stress is now a part of my life, and I've come to terms with it as of now.
When I first applied for college at YVCC my goal was to get a certificate as a medical assistant. But after attending two-quarter I talk to my advisor and we decide to change my goal and instead of just receiving a certificate I decided to take a step further and go the whole way. Therefore, my goal is to achieve my associate of applied science as a medical assistant. I have always had obstacles in my life since I was in high school, but I have always found the way out. To be honest, I never thought I would be able to graduate from high school or even get accepted to college, but after so many years I am achieving everything that I thought of as impossible.
They had to work hard to put my brother and me through college but they imbibed the value of knowledge in us from a young age. I took up engineering as a career due to my innate interest but I was the first in my family to attend a univeristy with diversified community or to choose chemical engineering. So, transition into university was one the hardest things I had to do. I could overcome this and turn things around thanks to the support from faculty, friends and mentors I met later
Over the past four years I have seen more doctors than an average person will see in a lifetime. From endocrinologists to neurosurgeons, I have tirelessly sought medical treatment for multiple traumatic brain injuries I incurred at a young age. Through my personal struggle I learned that there is no adequate treatments for concussions and traumatic brain injuries in the State of New Mexico. Although the lack of these services forced me to seek treatment outside my community, it has become my main motivation to return to my community and share the knowledge I have been fortunate to receive through these many experiences. At the age of fourteen, I was the unfortunate recipient of four traumatic brain injuries, within a six-month time frame, that would result in a diagnosis of post-concussive syndrome.
Throughout my life a have faced many adversities. From being homeless, dealing with my mother’s fight through cancer, facing the death of my mom, to moving to another state and starting over. But through all my hardships I have never given up, I have never lost site on what is important and the sacrifices I may face to follow my dreams. I am seventeen years old, in my last year of high school applying for colleges. I never thought I would make it this far, let alone have the passion to work in health care.
Kenny spoke about how getting a college degree drastically changed their families social class. Following the social mobility idea explained in the textbook, Kenny was able to change his position in the social hierarchy from being poor to becoming part of the upper middle-class. Susan Yamada obtained a bachelor’s degree in family consumer sciences from Iowa State University and Derrick Yamada holds a high school degree and is a certified police officer. Passing it on from their parents, my parents have strongly advocated that my sister and I obtain college degrees and stressed the importance of an education. “No one can take your degree away from you,” as my mother always says.
Every dime I earn working at Reynolds Community College and every grant and scholarship I receive will go towards my passion of studying human behavior and applying everything I learn to bringing every community I can reach, a giant leap forward. After receiving my associates degree in Social a Science I decided to take a year off to work towards finding what it is that I really want to pursue. I have searched for that 'something ' that will keep me intrigued and awake all hours of the night without realizing it. I have eliminated the idea of simply working to make ends meet or finding a good job to support my family and "living" outside the 40+ hours of a weekday job. I am pursuing much more and I am confident that I have found a path leading me to wake up before my alarm clock sounds instead of praying for more time.
In high school, the uttermost important goal for me is to attend college and pursuing my dream of studying forensics, and eventually taking that success and finding a way to give back to the community and people that raised me. The CBC Spouses Education Scholarship will help me acquire the funds to achieve my goal in the long run. I have always been determined and an all round optimist. However, when I entered high school I found out that we, as in my mother and I, do not possess the kind of financial stability that it takes to acquire the learning that I desired. If I cannot work through college and cannot afford my books, unfortunately, all of my hard work will go down the drain.
Leadership, is a characteristic that intimidated me in my highschool years, but here at PBA, I have been challenged to rise up to the occasion. Next semester, I will be a Resident Assistant in Baxter Residence Hall, simply applying for this position was a big step for me. The amazing community that God has provided me here at PBA is purely the only reason I had the courage to apply, yet alone accept this