“Mija, be extraordinary!”

I have a lot of reasons why I push and push myself to be successful in life. My most important reason and my biggest motivation is my son, Jose. I had my son at the age of 17; I was just becoming a junior in high school. Let me tell you, that has been my biggest challenge. But that didn’t stop me from graduating high school or from making goals for my life. When I got pregnant, everyone was doubting me. They didn’t think I would be able to graduate from high school. I won’t lie, it was exhausting, but I wasn’t going to let others talk me down into being an unsuccessful mother. So yes, I was walking around school with my huge and I mean huge belly around campus.

Another very important reason why I try so hard in life is for my father, Jose. I like to think that all fathers try and give their children their best, but my father is an extraordinary man. He came to the United States chasing his dreams 20 years ago. His dreams for his children were a better place to grow up, a better education and to be more stable than back in Mexico. These dreams didn’t come easy.

My father supports me in absolutely everything I do and is always telling me “Mija (daughter) please have dreams and goals for your future, but don’t only dream them, live up to them. Be a somebody in this world, don’t be ordinary but rather extraordinary.”

I won’t stop until I accomplish my dad’s dreams of seeing me become a somebody in this world.

Just like the Mexican saying, I have an angel watching over me and leading me to the right path. This angel happens to be Nicollette Roe, my Education Advocate. I can honestly say that if it wasn’t for Nicollette, I would have lost it by now and dropped out. She’s been nothing but a blessing to my educational and personal life! Due to her, I’m going to achieve another dream goal I have set for myself. I am very focused on finishing my A.A. at Highline College. I am planning to transfer to the University of Washington to get my Bachelor’s.

Now that we are so close to Thanksgiving, I want to thank Nicollette for all she does, not only for me but for other students as well. She always goes above and beyond in helping her students with anything and everything! She’s an extraordinary woman and I look up to her. I want to be her when I grow up.

So, thank you Nicollette for being such a blessing to me and to others. Thank you, SEA, for hiring amazing people like Nicollette and for awarding me with a scholarship. That scholarship made a big impact on me because I got to continue with my education.

Thank you all for helping us students to get closer to our dream goals.

-Kendra

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