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Class of 18 Grads Reflect on First Two Months of College Life

Astrid Escobar (left) and Vanesas Villatoro (right) both graduated from Wisdom HS in June 2018.

Astrid Escobar (left) and Vanesas Villatoro (right) both graduated from Wisdom HS in June 2018.

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Two Outstanding Students from the Wisdom Class of 2018 Give us a Glimpse of Life Pursuing a Higher Education

By Astrid Escobar – University of Virginia (Wisdom Chronicle Editor 2017-18)

I remember vividly how it felt when I began to choose where I wanted to go to college. The task was enormous. But through the most unparalleled mentorship at Wisdom High School, I found my way to the University of Virginia.
The historic density of this campus was what was most compelling to me. I had a vision to become part of a community with a history; while I was quick to become aware that the UVA population is made up of only 6.54% Hispanic/Latinx students, it is also one of the few, top-tier public institutions that is equipped with an office intended to aid first-generation and minority students like me.
My experience here in just a few months has been life-changing. I have learned more than I thought was possible and I continue to do so every day. I have met people from all corners of the world, who all have breathtaking talent. The sea of possibilities I have opened up for myself by attending a public university is incomparable.
Pursuing a higher education is invaluable. The experience of it all is what you should attend college for. Anyone can do it. I am still the girl who was born and raised in one of Houston’s most dense and underserved communities, and the daughter to my humble, Central American mother. The only difference being that I chose to be something other than a statistic and instead, I became an ambassador of the Gulfton community I grew up in.

By Vanesas Villatoro – Texas A&M University

My first couple of months as a freshman at Texas A&M University has been full of cries, laughs, and many reflections. Moving from Houston to College Station was a culture shock, but through different student organizations, I’ve been able to find my home away from home. I’ve created great friendships with amazing people that have the same interests and goals as me. I’ve joined student organizations that are helping me build my networking skills and open new doors.
Mays Business School is a welcoming and close tied college, and the Advisers here have been very helpful and engaging. Keeping up with homework and classes can be really tough and it seems impossible at times, but learning to prioritize is the key.
Moving away from home has taught me to be more independent and more self-reliant. Grocery shopping, washing laundry and preparing meals have all been bittersweet experiences at times. I really miss home and reflect on what my life would be like if I had chosen to stay in Houston. But coming to A&M has given me a new beginning. It’s a decision I’ll never regret! To the Wisdom Class of 2019 – don’t be afraid to take chances, don’t limit your opportunities, and explore what life can offer you. Gig’em!

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