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I think that the Perlman Foundation Scholarship would help me reach my goals of being the first person in my family to graduate from a four year university. I want to use my education to help other people. I would love to work in the field of public service. My educational goals also extend to law school after a obtaining my Bachelor’s degree in political science.  The world I come from is a neighborhood on the east side of downtown Los Angeles where Latin American immigrants come for better lives for themselves and their children. My parents are part of this dream. I was brought up as child with my parent telling me that I had to go to college and do better than they did. I value all the hardships that my parents and people similar to them went through. I was brought up in a neighborhood where I could have a victim or perpetrator of gang violence.  I am neither. I was scared sometimes to go outside because of gang violence and it is because of those feelings that I want to go to law school to affect change later so no one else would feel this way in my neighborhood.  I feel that I had to overcome the ideas that people outside of this neighborhood believe about my people. Beliefs like people in this neighborhood cannot go to college beliefs like this drive me to succeed.   What sets me apart is where I come from and my experiences. I believe that most people do not know or care to understand my neighborhood of Boyle Heights. Mexican American culture is so underrated and under-valued and I want to be able to show what my neighborhood and my culture have to offer.

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