Esperanza Cuatle-Velasquez

August 23rd, 2010 ·
  • 2010 High Hopes for the Future Scholarship recipient
  • San Francisco State University
There came a point when I questioned the reason of being on the Field Hockey team when I didn’t get much playtime. The first thing that crossed my mind was to quit, but instead I decided to prove myself once more as a worthy player. I had my ups and downs, but over time, I got to play more and more during important matches. As a Latina from an immigrant family, I have to learn to fight like that to get equal opportunities to develop and grow. During junior year, I was discouraged to take chemistry by a counselor, because the counselor knew its rigor. I insisted to take the class anyways because I too wanted a chance at getting not just my high school diploma, but also my International Baccalaureate Certificate. It was really hard and my grades suffered, but now I have the satisfaction of having tried it and in the process have learned a tremendous amount. I now belong to a group of fifty students out of 250 who are still on track to get their IB certificate. It is sad to me that only a handful of those are minority students but at the same time, I am proud to be one of them. When I set my goals for myself I make sure to reach them, whether that is in sports or academics.

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“Ever resilient, she has grown into a mature, loving, and positive young woman, one who will achieve any goal she sets for herself and on the way there will better the world around her. I will always remember her, because I have never seen a student with more courage and determination than Esperanza.” Teacher, Berkeley High School