Fatima: Well Prepared and Well Supported

Fatima Montano

St. Peter School (San Francisco)

St. Ignatius College Preparatory (Class of 2019)


I come from a family of humble beginnings. We don’t have much in material possessions, but we have more than we could ask for in love for one another. Everything we do, we do knowing that it benefits one another.

My brother has been such an enormous influence in my life. He attended Saint Ignatius as well, where he was able to maintain exceptional grades and take part in varsity soccer, and worked his way to becoming a current sophomore at Yale University. It’s through seeing what such a good person and student he is, that has motivated me in becoming the same.

The BASIC Fund is the reason why I am where I am today. My parents didn’t have much when they initially moved to California from Mexico. They didn’t know what jobs to get or which ones were even available to them, but they did know they wanted a fine, Catholic education for us. We did get that education with the assistance of The BASIC Fund.

St. Peter’s prepared me well for most of the academic challenges I have faced thus far. One very valuable lesson I learned at St. Peter’s that will always stick with me is to never back down from challenges or give up when things get hard, but instead face them head-on and work to overcome them.

It’s pretty overwhelming going from a school where the entirety of it equals the same as the freshmen class. However, the students are incredibly welcoming and the teachers always try to make themselves available to help me on whatever it is I need. I am looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone a bit and exploring the diversity of the school through clubs and sports. The last three months have been incredible. I can’t wait to see what the next four years have to offer.

My favorite subject right now is World History. There’s something about understanding and viewing other cultures, learning from the mistakes of the past, and discussing ways to better our current society that I find very intriguing.

I hope to go to Stanford or UC Berkeley and study medicine. Honestly, I’m both afraid and excited to go on to college. It’s something that I have wanted for so long, but the fact that it’s all happening so soon leaves me speechless.

Posted on December 18, 2015 .