I grew up in East Los Angeles. I attended what many would probably not call the best ranking elementary school, City Terrace Elementary, but I never would have known it. The most wonderful teachers that loved their job, the kids and made our education their top priority abounded at the school. The teachers encouraged us and always reminded us that our future was bright and we could achieve anything we set our minds to.
Many of our teachers were Latinas and came from the same neighborhoods in East Los Angeles. They understood our culture and always reminded us to be proud of our beautiful heritage. My hope is that my own children will have similar experiences and be surrounded by inspiring teachers.
Those amazing teachers and my heritage have inspired me to pursue a career in education. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Digital Education and a specialist credential in special education. I think that my decision to pursue a career in education can be credited to my amazing teachers and my cultura. I am so thankful to be the first member in my familia to graduate from college and I can’t wait to give back to my community. There is a need for Autism specialist and I hope to be able to help in a small way to meet this need.
Coca-Cola has had an extraordinary relationship with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund for more than 30 years and are committed to helping them meet their goal of having a college degree in every Latino household by the year 2025. Along with Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Coca-Cola wants to motivate people to get involved and help make a difference.
From now through October 31st, students can apply for a scholarship at www.hsf.net/cocacola by answering three thought-provoking essay questions. Students must reflect on how their heritage affects their career goals, the importance of education in their lives and their community service experiences.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Coca-Cola and Latina Bloggers Connect.