Education and motivation are the keys to success

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This is me at my high school graduation with my sister and mother.

Selena Borjas, TAMIU intern

My mother dropped out of school when she was in the 9th grade and my father when he was in the 7th grade. The reason why both dropped out of school was because they thought they didn’t need an education. My father started working at a young age and liked the money. My mother simply told me she felt stupid and didn’t like school. With many stories and statistics I have encountered throughout my life, I would have likely gone through something similar as my parents.

I have two major motivations: my baby girl and myself. I recently became a mother and see education as a more valuable source of income and learning about life to help my baby grow up to be someone bigger and better in life than I will be.”

— Selena Borjas

However, I did finish school and graduated high school in 2013. In that same year, I attended Texas A&M International University (TAMIU). Now I will become, in my family, a first generation college graduate. I will complete four years of college, something that seems impossible in many Hispanic families in the US, but I beat the odds. I am part of the percentage that will have a complete education and I am not stopping there. I will continue my education. I have two major motivations: my baby girl and myself. I recently became a mother and see education as a more valuable source of income and learning about life to help my baby grow up to be someone bigger and better in life than I will be. I see myself as a motivation because of what I want to accomplish and have, so far. I want to be a writer or an educator. I want a car and a home to call my own.

I am proud and amazed at how far I have made it on my own for the reason being that I didn’t have much help in school from my parents. They didn’t get to learn about chemistry, biology, algebra, or World War II, so when it came time for homework or science projects, I helped myself because I knew that as much as my mother tried to help, she couldn’t.

Yet, I am thankful for my mother. She used herself as an example for me to continue doing well in school and while attending college. She has said multiple times, “No seas burra como yo. Estudia.” (Don’t be dumb like me. Study.)

My father also has told me to never stop learning and to “trabajar duro ahorita para que vivas mejor mañana.” (Work hard now to be able to live better tomorrow.)

So, for those reading this, YOU are the one who controls your future. Statistics and studies can say one thing but it is ultimately you who decides what you will be. Have willpower and motivate yourself when in doubt.