Connecting Latinas for Educational Success

Words from Our Mentees

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“But this is where I come in, where we as a community of women unite and tear down any wall keeping us from being a unión of mujeres valoradas.”

– Angela Farias,
St. Joseph Catholic High School

My name is Angela Farias, and I am excited to say that I have been accepted to Weber State University  in Ogden, Utah. Being a first generation college student in my family has brought me many opportunities to learn the hard process of making this happen. I can say that I have skipped a lot of lunch breaks filling out papers, writing essays for scholarship contests and calling in to many offices to inquire about deadlines, and checking multiple websites for information. At first I was scared to fill out any sort of application, fearing I wouldn’t be good enough for any school, but I soon realized that I did have many good qualities and I want to invite you all too be part of a new group of confident, capable Latinas!

One of my favorite things about speaking a second language are the benefits we have and the countless ways we use this to our advantage– I love it. We constantly change the way we speak according to who we are addressing, and borrowing form the words of the late Xicana author, Gloria Anzaldúa, we as Xicanos speak from Spanish to Standard English, to Pachuco, to Standard Mexican Spanish. Or just a “home” tongue with our close family. I consider this to be one of the many wonderful things it means to have mestiza blood in me. The thought that my voice is being heard in multiple forms, and the fact that I can speak for myself in discussions during class. I raise my standards and that gives me the confidence required in this battle for equality.

As a woman I am placed in a category considered a minority, let alone as a Latina woman and a first generation college student. As a young citizen I have many odds against me, especially living in a highly Anglo inclined state, where the repression of women exists, and the immigrant is bowdlerized and has little support. But this is where I come in, where we as a community of women unite and tear down any wall keeping us from being a union of mujeres valoradas. I say we put an end to the harsh, but realistc statistics showing that only 43 out of every 100 Latino students graduate high school. Let’s start little by little and make a difference for a better tomorrow.

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