This summer went by fast. I was working, I had fun, I was with my family, and I learned a lot of new skills. I prepared myself for college as I worked for the TechFutures summer program as Client Service Manager. While having the chance to work with them, I learned to never give up, not even at your worst times. I also took advantage of a few resources to manage time and acquire new abilities. I was nervous just thinking about going to college because I will be the first male in my family to attend college. But I learned a lot more than I expected during the TechFutures summer program. Now I feel more confident that I will do well in college. One thing I want to get done before my first day of college is to be employed in a part-time job. I want to save up money for my education and to help out my grandma. My plans to manage what I want to accomplish is to keep going and never give up. ”You will always have a chance to succeed if that’s what you pursue” is what I tell myself everyday to reminisce on how it was growing up with nothing but a dream. If it weren’t for all of the support from others and effort I put in, I would have ended up like my fellow peers I grew up with in the domain of Richmond. All of the support and great resources from the Ed Fund help students change their lives and make their dreams come true. I just wanted to say thanks so much. I really appreciate the scholarship. I think if I never received it there would have been a chance I wouldn’t attend college, and just thinking of that sounds insane. Anyways, I’m getting too personal so I should just finish by saying that I’m really looking forward to attending college and that I will put all the effort I have into my studies and dreams.
Samuel Antonio Martinez Aristondo, Class of 2018, Contra Costa College