Josani is one of the DREAM 2017 Scholarship recipient. She is a graduate of Kelly High School. Learn a few things about Josani!
What university are you attending?
I am attending to North Park University
What is the field of study you want to pursue?
I want to pursue Nursing as my major.
Why is it important for Latinas to attend college?
Statistics show that Latino students like myself do not really make it to college. According to College Degree, “gap grows wider between whites, blacks and Latinos.” Only 23% percent of Latinos graduate from college and have a financially-stable job.
It’s important for Latinas to attend to college because we want to demonstrate that being Latina is not an obstacle to graduating college and accomplishing a dream. We have the same potential as other young adults. As a Latina, it’s also important to attend to college because we want to succeed, we want to be able to accomplish our goals as well as other people. We want to be an inspiration for other Latinas to achieve their goals and never give up. Everything is possible in this world.
Who inspires you and why?
My parents inspire me to always work hard to accomplish everything I want in life. They inspire to never give up no matter how tough is the situation I’m facing. With perseverance and commitment, I can achieve everything I set my mind into. My parents are the hardest working people I know. They always try to look for new things to give my siblings and I a better opportunity and a better future. I admire my parents for everything they have sacrifice because without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.
What are your career aspirations?
My career aspiration is being a successful nurse with a master's degree. I would also like to give back to my community and inspire my community members to attend college.
Why is it important for women to play sports?
It’s important for women to play sports. For such a long-time, women weren’t seen capable to play as well as a man because of their gender. Men also considered women too fragile to play. It’s important for women to play sports to demonstrate that it doesn’t matter what gender you are you can still have the same or even a higher capacity to play better than a man. Everyone deserves to play sports because at the end of the day everyone is equal.
How do you feel about the current negative rhetoric over immigration?
I feel sad about the negative discussing over immigration. Deportations break families apart. Everyone deserves to have a better life. I believe legislators should give immigrants an opportunity to live in the U.S. Without immigrants, the United States would not be the same. We need to appreciate and respect all immigrants that come to this country to accomplish their American dream.
What's your advice to upcoming high school freshman?
Work hard every day. Take school seriously. Take advantage of the help available at your school. Get involved in as many activities and programs as you to get experience and knowledge because in the future they are going to need those skills in life.
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