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Education is something I’m completely passionate about, and I love knowing that the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is providing such helpful resources to parents. My father worked two jobs sometimes just to pay for my private school education. My mother didn’t speak English when she first immigrated from Mexico. One of my earliest memories is of waking up at midnight and seeing my mother studying this new language. She eventually graduated from college when I was 13. Needless to say, the influence my parents had on my education was extraordinary.
Not too many people know this about me, but I taught in a classroom for 4 years. I’ve studied 6 languages, but only speak 3 proficiently- my native Spanish, English, and French. One of my languages was Biblical Hebrew because I wanted (and successfully accomplished) to read the Bible in its original language. I left teaching for endless nights of grad school reading. I’ve been privileged enough to study in the US and abroad under some of the most esteemed professors in their fields. That was a long before this blog was born.
Hispanics account for only 19% of college students, ages 18-24. That’s a big increase from 12% in 2008. What I love knowing even more is that 69% of Hispanic graduates are going directly to college after high school. Believe it or not, that’s is higher than the general population. That means there will be more Hispanic doctors and engineers, helping to grow and build the US and its people. Boy have times changed! When I was in grad school, I had to travel hours just to find some tortillas.
College can get overwhelming, and parents need support too in the college process – applications, loans, and tests. Without my parents support, I don’t think I would have accomplished half of my educational achievements. Thankfully, I have a few years until my Little Red goes off to college. I know I’ll need all the help I can get.