10,000 Degrees gave me the confidence to believe that college was an option and stood by me every step of the way. Being first in my family to attend college was a big deal. My parents and I assumed we’d have to pay a lot of money for school. Little did we know that even though I was an undocumented student, the state would grant me financial aid through the CA Dream Act. We were shocked that I could attend Sonoma State University without borrowing from family or the bank. I had money left thanks to the 10,000 Degrees scholarship and others I applied to with my advisor’s support. Attending college would not have been possible without 10,000 Degrees.
One of the reasons I came back to 10,000 Degrees was because I believe in their mission of achieving educational equity. It’s inspiring to show students that college is attainable, and to inform them of the opportunities, financial aid, and resources available to them. When we spark an interest in them to apply to college, and later hear about all their acceptances—it is so rewarding.
I try the best I can to be there for our students to show that I truly care about their achievements and goals. As time passes, trust is built, and 10,000 Degrees becomes more than just a program.
Being the first in my family to go to college has significantly impacted my life and the lives of many family members. I am honored to be a role model for my family. I continue to share the importance of education with my community in hopes that it inspires others to pursue their educational goals.