One of the most important things to me is my family being together and improving our relationship day by day. One of the biggest factors contributing to where I chose to go to college was that I could remain close to my family. UCLA was the perfect choice because I get the best of both worlds–family and college. 🙂 This weekend, one of my cousins had a baptism for both of his baby boys–Matthew and Lucas. It had been a really long time since I had seen my extended family members so going to the celebration was a big deal for me. Seeing and catching up with family members (about where I am right now in school, work, relationships, etc.) was amazing. One of the best things I love about getting together is that we get to reminisce about family memories. My cousin brought up the fact that I used to be so outgoing and demanding as a little kid–boy did that make me laugh. I can just imagine myself as a little kid doing all those things. Sharing laughs and stories with one another was relieving and made me cherish those memories even more.
Talking to my family about college is also one of the best aspects of getting together for me. I’m a first-generation college student so it’s a pleasure for me to share my stories with my brothers, sister, and everyone else in my family. I’m the third child in my family but unfortunately my older brother and sister did not have the chance to go to a four year university. So learning all about the university system was all new for me. I had to do my research and seek out help. And now, two years later, I’m on my way to graduating from one of the best universities out there! It gives me goosebumps to think that this upcoming year will be my last year as an undergrad student and will soon be an ALUMNUS of UCLA. I’m almost there!!! Sharing my experiences and triumphs about college gives me great pride. After all, what isn’t there to brag about being a Bruin?! It gives me more motivation to finish off my last year as a UCLA student stronger than ever. I want to prove to my family (but most of all to myself) that you can come from anywhere in life and still succeed. Hard work, dedication, and good will are some of the important factors that I remain true to as I continue my road in college.