When I was younger, I started working in the fields. Growing up, my parents worked picking grapes, peaches, strawberries and more. They taught me how to be choosy when picking, to wear clothes that would protect our skin, and to pick the most we could to earn money. This work was hard, and I knew from a young age that education was my ticket out.
Now, I am a junior at Fresno State studying Child Development. For me, school is more than just going to and from class. I am actively involved on campus from helping with blood drives to volunteering to the annual Peach Blossom event. One day, I would like to become a high school teacher and inspire students the way my teachers inspired me. Most important in my life is family. I have a son and a husband, both of who motivate me to graduate and be a positive role model. I want my son to have an easier childhood than I did. I want him to grow up knowing he will go to college and be successful. Sharing my experiences of working in the field, being a full-time student and a full-time mother, is how I will help him accomplish his goals. Giving back to my community in any way that I can is very important to me.