Iris Casanova

August 23rd, 2010 ·
  • 2010 High Hopes Scholarship recipient
  • University of California, Santa Cruz
Although I have received solid academic preparation in high school, my non-academic learning in the past few years is what has prepared me for life as an adult: to be an independent thinker, to develop my own goals and path in life. My parents jokingly call me their “son”, for although their dreams of a better life have shaped my educational goals, in many respects I do not fit into their plans for me. I will never be the “miniature housewife” they desire me to be. I am the girl who would rather pick a book than a dirty dish, who would rather tackle much larger opponents in a rugby match than stay indoors. I’m respectful but strong—an independent thinker, capable of voicing my opinions, and loud when I need to be.

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“What is particularly striking about Iris is her resilience. She has had to struggle with myriad challenges yet nonetheless been able to achieve academic success. She is a kind and empathetic person who serves as support for others.” Teacher, Berkeley High School