February 3rd, 2010 ·
- 2009 Maxwell Family High Hopes Scholarship recipient
- University of California, Irvine
Being the oldest in my family places a great deal of responsibility on my shoulders. My mom counts on me more than anybody in the world. When she is not at home, working at her two jobs, it is my responsibility to cook, clean and get my two sisters started with their homework. It is also my duty to remind my father to take his medicine. Going to college has been a lifelong dream for me and my family. I have worked hard to get where I am now and after helping my family with their struggles I realized the importance of communication and being able to effectively exchange words and ideas with others. I want to pursue a college education and potentially a degree in business. There is so much out there to explore and learn that I do not, will not give up after high school.
“Marissa’s willingness to work hard has contributed to the success she has had at school. She is a bright, motivated, and disciplined student dedicated to her studies. She is not one to take short cuts; instead she devotes countless hours studying to achieve academic excellence.”
Teacher, Berkeley High School