By Alexis Cano, Fellow Class of 2015
University of Northern Colorado
A year and a half ago, I began my journey to further my education. I remember having second thoughts about applying to LAW SCHOOL. . . Sí Se Puede because I was starting at a community college. As I began the program, I started feeling confident because Judge Arguello paired me with a mentor, Susie Velasquez, who also continued her education at a community college. Susie has had a great impact in my life and she always has given me great advice for my education, future career, and life itself. Susie and are both first-generation college students, so it makes everything a lot easier to talk about my obstacles as a first-generation college student.
Having Susie in my life has made me realize that anything is possible when you desire it and are willing to work hard to achieve it. This Spring, after two years of hard work, I will graduate from Front Range Community College with my Associates degree in Criminal Justice. She has helped build my confidence level as I now transfer to the University of Northern Colorado in the Fall of 2017.
My desire to pursue my dream as an attorney continues to grow because of the advice I receive from my mentors. I will continue to grow and build my career with these amazing people supporting me and reminding me that I can pursue anything I set my mind to. Judge Arguello knew that I felt a lack of confidence because I was not attending a four-year university, so she made sure to fulfill my needs by connecting me with my mentor whoe went through the same educational track that I was following. I cannot thank my mentor, Susie Velasquez, and LAW SCHOOL. . . Sí Se Puedefor helping me through the first two years of college and for the assistance they will provide me as I move on to obtaining my Bachelor’s degree, and then my law degree.