After I graduate, I will be applying to Stanford’s Policy, Organization, and Leadership Service graduate program, as well as to University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University’s Educational Leadership programs.
Being a freshman in college has given me many lessons and I hope I will develop my goals as times goes by. I can’t wait for the next semester to come so I can keep meeting people that will enrich my academic experience.
The path that Summer Bridge put me on has allowed me to see my role as a student a lot differently than I expected coming into UC Berkeley. Having a daughter while being a student at UC Berkeley is extremely difficult. I face challenges different from that of the average student but through all the adversity and statistics against me, I come out stronger.
I can’t say I’ve only been a little homesick. I miss my parents, my brother, my loving grandparents, and my wonderful friends who I’ve left behind in my pursuit of higher education.
During my last midterm for that class, I realized I was actually enjoying studying for that class like it’s a hobby: I LOVED IT! Every chapter I read, every note I took, every video I watched and essay I wrote, I truly loved every second of it!
This first term was a strong wake up call, it just pushed me into being independent and responsible. It has been a great experience and I am excited to continue my year.
I consider being here at UC Davis as a privilege because I feel happy and yet I am still getting a great education. An education that I know will one day pay off and give me an advantage in society.
To see my mother’s face with all types of emotions, being proud of her third and last child being the first to go to college….the face of acceptance that her little boy is now turned into this young man going off to further his education and prepare for a successful life ahead.
I felt very minuscule in such a large campus
I wanted to fit in and stand out at the same time, it was exhilarating.