I walked in and felt as if I was just another Furr student. It seemed as if time had stood still and these two years hadn't passed. For a second, I felt like I was back in high school, ready to get to my next class as soon as the bell rang.
I walked into the main office and saw several people: Mrs. Shaw, Ms. Pieri, Ms. Brown, Ms. Marroquin, and last but certainly not least, Dr. Simmons, the person that opened so many doors for me. They all greeted me with a smile and a hug. I can't help but think how a mere two years ago, I was a senior, finishing the college application process and continuing the arduous work on scholarships, while also participating in other things. Then, I think about how in my freshman and sophomore years, I had no idea what school I would go to after high school. I always knew I would go to college, I just had no idea how to get there. I remember senior year and how clueless I still was. I knew what it took to get to college, but I had to make so many decisions that no one in my family had to make. Go to school 2 hours away, or leave the state? Study something practical, or explore until I find something I truly enjoy? I couldn't go to my family for advice because they were not able to help me. I had to figure that out on my own.
During high school, I had the pleasure of working with EMERGE, a nonprofit organization that helps underserved students apply to, get into, and thrive at top-tier colleges. They guided me through the college process, answered my many questions, helped my parents understand the difference in school, but ultimately, the decision was going to be all mine.
That's a reason why I went to recruit students for SWAG. I think I made the correct decision, but I know that not everyone did. I believe that having a mentor can help and I want other students from my high school to get the help and support I received. It made me happy to go to Furr to speak to other students about SWAG and seeing the teachers, faculty and staff that helped me get to where I am, who supported me throughout my four years, and seeing them do the same to more students.