My name is Raven. Growing up, I always dreamt that I would go to college. Now, I am the first member of my family to attend college and have just successfully completed my first year at Occidental College in Los Angeles.
The world in which I live in, and the unique people who live within it, has always fascinated me. I am thinking of majoring in either Religious Studies or Urban and Environmental Policy (UEP). Who knows, maybe I will even end up as a double major!
My family is my main motivation to succeed in life; especially my mom. She has made so many sacrifices to allow me to be where I am today and to make sure that going to college after high school was the only choice that I had. A college degree hanging on our living room wall will be the first of many ways I plan to pay her back for all that she has done for me.
During my time in private [elementary] school, I feel that I got a lot of one on one attention from teachers who actually cared and I was surrounded by peers who cared just as much about their education as I did. I also feel that private school exposed me to both academic and social resources and opportunities that I probably would have never been able to take advantage of in high school.
For high school, I was fortunate enough to be accepted into Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto, CA. I really liked the close-knit, supportive environment all the teachers, students and alumni of ECP provided. Even now, after I have graduated, I still feel the warmth of my Eastside family! <3
I am forever grateful to The BASIC Fund for supporting the early years of my education. Every morning as I walk into the office, I see a sign that says “The American Dream Starts with a Quality Education.” So, I would personally like to say thank you BASIC Fund for giving me the opportunity to achieve my dreams and aspirations!