Essay by Scholarship Recipient Laura Bribiesca: 
Question: In what way has living and growing up in South Los Angeles impacted your life?

My name is Laura Bribiesca and I am a 17 year old high school student, who will be a student at Cal State Dominguez Hills in the fall. Living and growing up in South Los Angeles has had a major impact on my life. I live in a low-income community that has taught me that I have to take advantage of every opportunity and how to overcome obstacles. My mother is an independent parent of four children. She raised us without much support by anyone including her own family except by her brother Dago, who passed away on November 1st, 2015. My mother would do everything in her power to make sure that we were taken care of, such as making sure we had good on the table and a roof over our heads even if it meant waking up at 6:30 am to take us to school and working from 8am-9pm. I remember not seeing much of my mother as a kid, but I never knew why until I grew up and realized that she would sacrifice herself to make sure we had everything we needed. I take advantage and appreciate every opportunity that has been given to me, such as staying after school and spending my summer for band practice until 4:30, taking ELAC classes from 3:00pm-4:00pm, and going to HubCities Consortium to do the program and working at Marshalls five times a week. In order to do this, my mother would give her time to drive/pick me up and I would take a 1 ½ bus ride home when she couldn’t. It has been difficult to manage school and activities but I’ve managed complete them and become a straight A honor roll student. My community and mother has made me into the person that I am today. ​

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