In my life many obstacles have been presented. Facing these obstacles has been really hard; I am on the road to facing one of the biggest obstacles I’ll ever have in my life. I am a Hispanic 16 year old girl living in San Diego; I am a sophomore in high school. The Preuss School UCSD, the school I attend, is designed for low-income students who want to achieve great things through hard work. Hispanics aren’t given high expectations to reach up to. It has been presented to us that the wealthy, are the people who become important and reach their goals. I want to be one of the people who achieve their goals and go further than what is expected. Having goals for myself is an important strategy for me to succeed.
A short term goal I have is earning a 4.25 throughout all my sophomore year. For the first semester this school year I did achieve this goal, I earned a 4.25 which I am very proud to recognize. The biggest obstacle I know I’ll have is peer pressure. Many of my friends don’t necessarily have the best grades; some don’t care about school, and tend to go out every weekend. They often invite me to go with them but I stop myself if I haven’t done what is necessary for school first. I am involved in BLCI (Barrio Logan College Institute) a group that has the same goals I do, our motto “beat the odds,” is very inspiring to me. I am expected to attend this program twice a week until 8 pm right after arriving from school. This schedule only keeps me up later at night to finish homework. I could easily give up and not do it but every small thing will count later on, I know.
I am part of a family that has been disintegrated. At the moment my parents are separated. My mother has been working, getting paid not enough for the all the bills, daily There have been huge changes these past few months that we have had to cope with, sometimes these changes and issues wouldn’t let me focus in school but I have learned to ignore them the best I can.
At the moment I am not sure about what kind of career I want for myself but I am more than certain that I want to attend one of the following universities; UCLA, Princeton, or Barnard. These are very costly which would be a big barrier for me. But that’s the part that determines me to do it, knowing that something dares to stop me.
I want to be someone that people look up to and realize that anything is possible even if at the moment seems impossible. Many people have the same dreams I do and I know that I will be one of those people that look back to my life and be grateful for everything that occurred. People throughout my life may not put their faith in me by glancing at me but as they get to know me they will find it impossible to not. Proving people wrong about my goals and achievements is my hobby.
If I were to be awarded A Bridge for Kids sponsorship I would like to attend a prestigious career building camp at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado this summer. I have already been accepted to attend on full scholarship but need to raise money for a plane ticket, as I cannot afford that cost. Without financial help I will not be able to attend and I believe I will have missed out on an opportunity to improve my life.
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