BLOG | Adriana Guadana-Huizar
The Value of Education
July 2, 2019
I distinctly remember walking to the building where my Washington, D.C. semester interview would be taking place, anxiety and stress slowly making their way to the bottom of my stomach. Mindfully, I had given myself some time to drink water and review the main points I wanted to convey to my interviewers. As I sat down to review, self-doubt started to join my feelings of anxiety and stress. “This year Holy Cross had the highest number of applicants to D.C. … will I even make it?” “Are my grades and application what they are looking for?” As I began taking deep breaths, I got a notification: incoming FaceTime call from “mami”. “Just what I need- mami’s intuition is up to something,” I thought, “I haven’t told her I applied for the program for fear that I might not get accepted, and here she is, about to discover me”. I accepted the call and she immediately asked why I was dressed up. I told her that I was about to interview for the Washington D.C. program, her eyes welled up and she gave me a huge smile. She encouraged me to go to my interview, confident in my abilities and unique traits. We wrapped up our call and I headed towards the interview room. I reminded myself of the communities of support I have built at Holy Cross and back in Colorado, particularly the LAW SCHOOL … Sí Se Puede team. My team of mentors have encouraged and supported me throughout my college career and as I start thinking about law school. The support system and words of advice they provide have been incredible benefits of being a fellow. Even though they are not physically with me, remembering their encouragement gave me the confidence I needed.
My parents instilled in me the value of education and how it is a tool that nobody can strip away. The team of mentors I have echo these values which I, and my parents, appreciate very much. Today, I am proud to say that I am a first-generation college student, two years away from arriving at Senior Convocation, and a student that will be participating in the Washington, D.C. semester program, taking a course in public policy and gaining internship experience in the immigration policy field. I will carry the tools and skills that I gain from these experiences into my ultimate career dream, which is to become an immigration attorney. I am confident that, with my team of LSSSP mentors, I will be provided with guidance - particularly in sharing their journey through college and law school, support - as the law school admission process is long, but also in empowerment, the greatest gift of all.
“Sí, Se Puede” is a phrase born of farmworkers, who, under the leadership of the UFW, César Chávez, and Dolores Huerta, fought valiantly for equal protection under the law. As a result of the efforts of the UFW, “Sí, Se Puede” has become well known as a call that engenders hope and inspiration in those who face similar battles. We thank the UFW, whom we acknowledge to be the sole and exclusive owner of the Trademark SI SE PUEDE, for granting us a limited license to use“Sí, Se Puede” in connection with our efforts to recruit, in Colorado, students of Hispanic or Latino descent for our law school pipeline program. For more information about the programs offered by the UFW, please see UFW’s webpage (www.ufw.org); UFW Foundation’s webpage (www.ufwfoundation.org); and UFWF’s immigration services webpage (www.sisepuede.org)