A college education is not only used to translate into higher wages, it also broadens the scope of opportunities beyond college. In college, students have the opportunity to explore different academic and professional interests. The college years are characteristically the years when young people exercise more freedom, responsibility, and begin to come into adulthood. College also helps to place more Latinos in positions of influence, from which a contribution can be made to the Latino community.
Below, college graduates share some words about college.
"In this age of technology and advanced communication, the person who possesses flexibility, motivation, and communication skills, in addition to possessing the ability to see things scientifically as well as aesthetically, will emerge as a leader and will provide direction for their society. Hopefully, with your help, I will become such a person."
- Zachary Vasquez, University of Texas at Austin
"Due to my personal decision to not accept mediocrity, I want to stand out so I can serve as a role model and counselor for Hispanics who wish to excel." - Ramses Ramirez from the Georgia Institute of Technology "When a young child sees me with a degree and learns where I came from, that automatically gives them hope. It gives them hope that I was exactly in their shoes once, and in a few years, they could fill mine."
- Franklin Ochoa, University of Texas at Austin
"I feel that college is the ticket to a more opportunistic future."
- Tayisha Norat, SUNY Health Sciences Center-Brooklyn
"We live in a world of hunger, poverty, violence, and other unfortunate conditions. There exist many individuals and groups who choose to help our communities by providing food and shelter. You choose to help by giving individuals access to an education. Education can do more for a man than a hot meal and a place to stay for one night. An education gives one the power to find one's own food and build one's own shelter, the power to fight for one's rights and the rights of one's people. Not for one night, but for a whole lifetime."
- Edgar Valenzuela, California State Polytechnic University- Pomona
"Many of the younger kids I see around my neighborhood were exactly like me when I was growing up. I see the potential for greatness in many of these kids. All they need is someone to reveal to them the possibilities outside of East LA, someone to open their eyes to the greatness of an education."
- Jose Acosta, Cornell University
"A lot of hard working, intelligent Hispanics miss out on college because of the great expense. They do not realize that there are organizations who can help them pay for college. It is important that these kids find out about these scholarships so that they can go to college. The job market is so competitive right now that a college education is vital. With scholarships like the NHSF, these kids will have a better chance."
- Celeste Santiago, Fordham University