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Determination, motivation, commitment, problem solving skills, work ethic, resiliency, & a never give up attitude. We all know what it takes, but how? Does school teach this stuff? And what does this look like in the real world?

LCS invited awesome Latino/as who exemplify success through education.

How did they turn interests & curiosities into actually enjoying school, future career paths & loving life? How did they overcome doubts & costly mistakes? How did their cultural knowledge & values affect important decisions?

 

These are their stories.

          My father did not understand why I left home to get a degree he had never heard of. There were plenty of college options in my hometown of Dallas, Texas. Later, he didn’t understand why I decided to go away even farther to get a PhD. But I would often remind him that I was doing this becau...

          I was a little embarrassed at first to not start off at a four-year university like many of my friends in high school, but I can honestly say it paid off both financially and academically. I started off my academic journey out of high school at San Antonio Community College (SAC) where I s...

         I would first like to say that I am definitely not the same person I was four years ago. During this time, I’ve had a lot of accomplishments I’m proud of, but I’ve also made mistakes along the way. However, it’s learning from all these experiences that has allowed me to grow as a student, l...

          I am a water engineer. I’m extremely proud of the hard work it has taken to get here. To be honest, I wasn't sure I was going to college when I was in high school. As a little girl, I wasn’t exposed to the idea of pursuing a career as an engineer. I’d never seen a Latina engineer. I loved...

          Tu Puedes. You CAN. The phrase that reminds many of us, Latinx students, that the current hurdle we are facing will be overcome. Choosing to pursue a career as a doctor, when your parents only attended elementary school and you have no one in your circle to ask for help, is terrifying. I k...

          My interest in the ocean began the day I took my first trip to the sea at six-years-old. I remember waking up early to gather seashells along the beach and eagerly asking my mom how the shells ended up on the beach and why the ocean was so large. But I never would have imagined where I wou...

          When people asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, my answer was, “doctor.” As a five year old, I was inspired by the stories my parents told me about their rural hometowns in Mexico. I was determined to go there as a doctor to help everyone in need. Yet, the journey to medical school h...

          You’re going to pursue and earn a PhD someday. You’re also going to write a book and become a professor at a top university. If someone would have told me those words in high school, I would have never believed them. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would have reached such accompli...

          My educational journey is grounded by the value of “hard work” that my parents taught me and the consejos they shared. My parents were born and raised in Mexico and during their teenage years, they emigrated to the U.S. in search for a better life. Their transition to this country was met...

         

          It was my mother who sat me down and encouraged me to an “intro to engineering” course rather than a pottery class. Although I was hesitant, this is where it all began for me. It’s as if she knew somehow that I would like technical and challenging courses. I am...

          My grandfather has always dreamed of having his children become grade-school teachers. He enjoyed seeing the process of learning and he frequently talks to me about how my late grandmother tried her best to teach him how to read and write but he failed at it every time. Math was learned fr...

          I am Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Cal State University, Los Angeles (CSULA). Aside from teaching, I’m also a principal investigator who leads a laboratory of nine research students. My experiences at CSULA did not begin as a professor, but as a student. I am definitely a big drea...

          I am playing a game of checkers when the sunken eyes of my normally vibrant brother meet mine. As I watch his skin become pale and little beads of sweat develop on his brow, my stomach tightens with the sinking feeling that something is very wrong. My brother is experiencing his first hypo...

          My name is Diana Iracheta, I am 23 years old and I am a Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineer. I graduated with a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from Northern Illinois University in May of 2019. During my studies I have been part of Latinos Unidos STEM club and have been awarded a co...

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