“I encourage new kids in America to continue learning and never stop…you are going to make it.”

Meylin, a 10th grade Promising Paths Scholar at Castlemont High School, shares her thoughts on school in America and her dreams for the future:

Where are you from and how long have you lived in the United States?

I’m from the beautiful Guatemala and I have lived here for 3 years.

Do you want to go to college? Why?

I want to go to college because that’s one of my biggest dreams and I think that that’s the best I can do for my family and not only for me but for my family and my friends to show them that you can achieve your dreams.

What do you remember about your first month of school in America?

I remember that it was very difficult because of the language. I didn’t understand anything. To be honest the first day I almost cried because I was alone.

What is your favorite part about school in America?

All the support the teachers give you because they are always encouraging you like “oh you can do this” even though I don’t speak really good English.  I like meeting the classmates too, different people from many other countries.

What are your dreams for your future?

One of my biggest dreams is to become an English teacher and also a lawyer to help my community.

What are your dreams for the world in the future?

I want a world without racism and with less discrimination.

What advice do you have for kids who are new in the United States?

I encourage new kids in America to continue learning and never stop, even though I know it’s hard.  I’ve been through those situations where you think that you are not going to make it and you are not going to learn English and I know it’s difficult but I encourage you to continue. You are going to make it.

Who do you admire and why?

I admire my mom because she’s a faithful woman and she is the kind of person who has always been positive and when there are situations where you don’t know how you’ll get out.  She tells me that I’m smart, that I will achieve my dreams. That’s why I admire her because she’s a positive person, she’s my inspiration.

If you had the power to make today perfect, what would you change?

Change it so the people in the street have a home, so there are less homeless people.  

What is something you miss about your country?

I miss my mom, my siblings, and my grandmother.

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