Growing up I had no educational resources or role models. The expense of college made the pursuit an uncommon option in my hometown. In high school, I had come to understand the relationship between not receiving a college education and the poverty cycle in the United States. My counselor told me about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and I decided money was not going to hold me back.
As a first-generation college student, Mexican/Latina-American, and with a low-socioeconomic status, I wanted to be an example for others. I applied for an opening as a resident assistant in student housing. I knew my representation in housing would change the lives of others and myself. I am now a third year RA for the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, this position helps me afford the cost of living on campus.
My first year, I worked three jobs and attended school full-time. My family did not have the resources to assist me. My academics were always my top priority so I applied to the Honors College for my sophomore year. I knew my educational opportunities would expand, but I could also receive a scholarship thanks to donor support. The scholarship I received when I was accepted lifted an incredible burden off my shoulders.