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If for anything I
thank my mom for, is the emphasis she always put on her children’s education.
To pay for the private school my sister and I attended, there was a time when
my mom had three jobs. Then, when we grew up and she decided to take the
opportunity to complete her own education, there were some months when my mom,
my sister and I went to the same college at the same time: Universidad Central
There my mom got a BA
in Education and years later she became a doctor in Social Sciences: the first
PhD in our family; my sister, earned a BS in Biology and also earned her PhD in
Biology, and if for me, I got my BA in Journalism. The three of us graduated
with honors and I ended up earning my Masters in Public Policy at Columbia
University, which made me the first Ivy Leaguer in our family.
When seven years ago I
left my home country for better opportunities for my children here in America,
education played an important role. Here my children could have access to excellent
public schools and also have better options when going to college. Although
they will end up studying and being what they want, I always say to me: if I
could go to an Ivy League school, I want them to know that their efforts can
also open those doors.
Although my children
are just 11 and 13 years old, the issue of education is something we talk regularly.
We talk about what they want to be, but especially how they are going to get
there. They know that we live where we live so they can go to the charter school
they attend. They know that their performance in elementary and middle schools,
will give them access to a good high school, which will determine who in turn has
access to a good college.
I will not wait for
the time when my children apply for college to see how we will fund this
important part of their education. As my grandparents did to my parents, and my
mom did to me, I know a good education is the best gift I can give my children.
As moms and dads we
can help our children navigate through out the sometimes-turbulent waters of
the application process so that they can access college and graduate too. It’s
my duty as a mom to have all the information so I can help my children to plan,
prepare, and pay for that part of their education. Much of the effort I've done
so far could be lost, if we do not have the financial resources so that my
children can successfully finish college.
One in four students
in our country are Latino and 19% of college students, aged 18-24 years in the
US are Hispanic. This represents an increase of 7 percentage points compared to
2008. In addition, 69% of the Hispanic students go straight from high school to
college. That means that every day there will be more kids like my children in
need of financial help to pay the increasingly prohibitive costs of college education.
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund, which since its creation in 1975 provides scholarships and
auxiliary programs aimed at Latino students in the US, so they can have access
to college and more important: complete their education.
For more information,
visit hsf.net. There you will find information on how to help your children to
achieve their goals and earning their college degree. I also invite you to
visit the HSF fan page on Facebook. And remember, when it comes to college
education for our children, as parents we can also make the difference.
Etiquetas: being a mom, children, education, family