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“I have nine brothers and sisters. I live between two homes. My mom has type 2 diabetes. She has arthritis. She spends a lot of time at home in bed. When I was in elementary school, my mom became disabled and was not as functional, she stopped working. I chose to stay at home a lot and she was ok with that. A lot of my older siblings did the same thing. I had a truant record. I would say I missed half a year of school. It made me feel like I was not smart enough to be in school because the times I did go, I realized I didn’t understand anything because I wasn’t in the classroom. The police, my old principal, and my teacher, came to our door and they were like if I did not go to school, I could be put on probation. When they began talking about things like maybe my mom’s not fit to care for us. I knew I was going to school all the time. So I woke up and got myself together and went to school. And I became a scholar and not just a student.
It was unique for me to be a learner, to be someone who tries in school. I saw things happening in my siblings’ lives that always led either to a temporary downfall or to a downfall that they couldn’t come up from, at least not for a very long time. And I saw I didn’t want to be there.
Anything in my way, I have tried to move it. There’s a second where I have little meltdowns like – oh my goodness, I can’t do this. And I panic a little bit internally but then that lasts like ten seconds and I’m back on it. I appreciate school and I love the power of learning. Grit is having courage to do your impossible or to do what you think it’s hard. And do it anyway even if it’s not the most pleasant thing you’re going through.
You can push yourself to achieve that A plus in precalculus or to get an A in trigonometry. You can do that. I am going to UC Berkeley. I got the black and gold scholarship for UC Berkeley. I am really proud of myself. I am completely covered for my first year.”