By Alexis Marie Cano — Fellow, Front Range Community College
With LAW SCHOOL … Si Se Puede, I have learned to use my resources to my best ability. Thinking back to high school I wish I could have been informed on what resources were around me relating to community involvement. High school holds your hand and leads you to different choices that are offered. College is a path that you choose without somebody holding your hand.
I remember my first day of college. I felt frightened, nervous, and I had a gut wrenching feeling the whole day. I asked myself millions of questions throughout the day. All my questions started with ‘What if?’ Being a part of my community has always been a passion and value that I carry with me. I was afraid that I wouldn’t make connections soon with community involvement advisors. The Career Success Center at Front Range Community College has benefited me with connections and opportunities to reach out into my community. My advisor, in The Career Success Center, Colleen Toomey, has been a huge help. She has helped me with resume writing, future suggestions on classes, and advice on community outreach. I, myself, have researched ideas to share with Colleen and future students to help them become successful throughout their higher education journey.
Being a first generation college student has been a tough task to keep up with. If I could go back to high school, I would have asked more questions related to resources and programs that suit me. I never imagined that it would be this hard to build connections in college. I am a very social person. I love asking questions and meeting new people. Nonetheless, finding the correct resources was definitely challenging.
As a class 0f 2015 fellow, I advise future fellows to build connections in high school and to also make sure you find great resources online, at school, with mentors, and others who have experience within your desired area. Believe in yourself, maintain a positive mindset, and just know that change happens for a reason. I believe that finding yourself is the key to success. Build connections with people that have the same interests as you. I thought I would never be able to find resources but I am thankful that LAW SCHOOL … Si Se Puede has boosted up my confidence level.